America’s Labor

October 2nd, 2007

Fink, Leon. “American Labor History.” in The New American History: Revised and Expanded Edition ed Eric Foner. Philadelphia, Temple University Press: 1997. 333-352.

American Labor History studies the way in which historians have changed their views about the American labor force over time. Leon Fink breaks the study up by centuries and then subdivides them into related categories, such as slavery in the nineteenth century and the New Deal Settlement in the twentieth.  Each division gives a clear and concise decription of the ideals that historians had about labor in certain time periods.  Fink also breaks up his bibliography into the time based categories, making it easy to tell which sources he was referring to in his review.