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HARCOURT, BRACE AND HOWE

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PREFACE

This little book is intended as a brief and simple story of the labor movement in the United States from the day of independence to the present time. Although there are many special studies, including the great treatise by John R. Commons and his Associates, there is no single, comprehensive volume of moderate size for the busy citizen. It seems hardly necessary to dwell upon the importance of more exact and more widespread knowledge of the history, aims and methods of labor organizations in this country.

This volume is largely based upon the monumental History of Labor in the United States by Professor Commons and his Associates. Several other books, however, have been used with the Commons text, especially for the history since 1905. Among these supplementary books may be mentioned: P. F. Brissenden, The I. W. W.: a Study in American Syndicalism (Columbia University Studies); M. Hillquit, History of Socialism in the United States; Report of the Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the American Federation of Labor; Stanwood, History of the Presidency (Vols. I and II) for all party platforms; F. Engels, Socialism: UH Scientific; C. Becker, History of Politie urties in the Province of New York; Alice Henr I'he Trade Union Woman; Edith Abbott, Woman in Industry; and Samuel Gompers, Labor and the Cnmon Welfare.

MARY RITTER BEARD.

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