Labor, Free and Slave : Workingmen and the Anti-Slavery Movement in the United States Paperback / softback
A classic piece of Old Left scholarship made available to a new generation of students and activistsBernard Mandel's classic study provides a concise overview of the relationship between organized abolitionism and the fledgling labor movement in the period before the Civil War.
Mandel argues that slavery reinforced the powerlessness of white workers North and South, and the racial divisions that it upheld rendered effective labor solidarity impossible.
Deep distrust between abolitionists and the working classes, however, compelled Northern workers to find their own way into the antislavery ranks.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press
- Publication Date: 09/03/2007
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9780252074288