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Howell, Charles E.||Lloyd, John W. (Professor of social sciences)||Hayter, Earl W. (Earl Wiley), 1901-1994||Jameson, Hugh

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Social Sciences


Labor movement--United States--History; Working class--United States--History


It is the purpose of this paper to examine the rise of labor In the United States in an attempt to show that the various underscored principles, herein contained, my be regarded as examples of basic principles of social change, illustrated by the changed position of the working class of society. The motivating force and main purpose of the labor movement in this country has been the Improvement of the status of workers as workers. Labor groups have kept active in the worker's mind three important items of improvement, which generally stated are: (1) higher wages, (2) shorter working hours, (3) better working conditions. The underscored principles used in this paper attempt to give the fundamental truth or basic doctrine establishing a cause for the many ideologies and social movements arising in the growth of American Labor Unions. They are used herein to furnish a basis for the manner and content of thinking characteristic of an individual or class of people, namely the laboring class. These principles may be used as the guiding rules in an interpretation of the labor movement in America.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


66 pages




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