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Labor, Free and Slave: Workingmen and the Anti-Slavery Movement in the United States
by Bernard Mandel
introduction by Brian Kelly
University of Illinois Press, 2006
Paper: 978-0-252-07428-8
Library of Congress Classification E449.M25 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 326.973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A classic piece of Old Left scholarship made available to a new generation of students and activists

Bernard 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.


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