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Union Renegades – Miners, Capitalism, and Organizing in the Gilded Age - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Union Renegades: Miners, Capitalism, and Organizing in the Gilded Age

Dana M. Caldemeyer


Union Renegades follows the individuals who did not see the value of following union orders in the Gilded Age. As unions grew more centralized to combat worker grievances in the workplace, leaders were shocked to find that workers were often reluctant to fully follow labor organizations. Although union leaders were quick to cast these individuals as nonunion workers who were “indifferent to their own interests,” this book argues that workers’ decisions to follow or reject unions was based on their own assessment of what course would be most beneficial to them and their families. As corporation ... More

Keywords: Capitalism, coal mining, corporations, farmers, nonunionism, rural labor, unionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043505
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dana M. Caldemeyer, author
South Georgia State College