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Redeeming Time: Protestantism and Chicago's Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912

William A. Mirola


During the struggle for the eight-hour workday and a shorter workweek, Chicago emerged as an important battleground for workers in “the entire civilized world” to redeem time from the workplace in order to devote it to education, civic duty, health, family, and leisure. This book explores how the city's eight-hour movement intersected with a Protestant religious culture that supported long hours to keep workers from idleness, intemperance, and secular leisure activities. Analyzing how both workers and clergy rewove working-class religious cultures and ideologies into strategic and rhetorical f ... More

Keywords: eight-hour workday, Chicago, workplace, workers, working class, eight-hour movement, Protestant clergy, industrial reform, religious culture, religious leaders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038839
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Mirola, author
Marian University