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Chicago's Progressive Alliance
Labor and the Bid for Public Streetcars
"Pioneering and well-researched. Leidenberger argues persuasively that Chicago workers, far from being more apolitical than their British or European counterparts, were at the heart of municipal reform politics during the Progressive era."—Urban History
"Chicago's Progressive Alliance enhances our understanding of why the Progressive movement had such a limited impact on Chicago's government."—The Journal of American History
"Concise and clearly articulated, this argument successfully defends the notion that labor organizations had both power and public support, albeit briefly, for a broader vision of public policy."—American Historical Review
By the turn of the twentieth century, Chicago, site of the Haymarket affair and the Pullman strike, had acquired a reputation as the bastion of labor unions. At the same time, Progressive-era Chicago was known as the laboratory of social reform—the city where muckraking journalists, college-trained professionals, and civic-minded millionaires worked together to rebuild the slums, improve sanitation, and eradicate political corruption. When union workers and middle-class reformers united, the combination of labor militancy and astute politics was truly a force to be reckoned with.
(2006) 210 pp.
Georg Leidenberger is Professor of History at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Streetcar Named Democracy—Labor and the Search for the Common Good
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