Publisher description for Labor, free and slave : workingmen and the anti-slavery movement in the United States / Bernard Mandel ; introduction by Brian E. Kelly.


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A classic piece of Old Left scholarship made available to a new generation of students and activists Bernard Mandel's classic study provides a concise overview of the relationship between organized abolitionism and the fledgling labor movement in the period before the Civil War. Mandel argues that slavery reinforced the powerlessness of white workers North and South, and the racial divisions that it upheld rendered effective labor solidarity impossible. Deep distrust between abolitionists and the working classes, however, compelled Northern workers to find their own way into the antislavery ranks.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Working class -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Labor movement -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.