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American Workers and the Struggle for Economic Opportunity Bibliography

Please use the following bibliography for additional information on these topics. Many of the books contain analysis of the primary sources included in this collection.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations,” The Atlantic. June 2014.

Dorothy Sue Cobble, Women and Unions: Forging a Partnership. Ithaca: ILR Press, 1993. 

Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004. 

Jacqueline Jones, The Dispossessed: America's Underclass From the Civil War to the Present. New York: Basic Books, 1992. 

Ira Katznelson, 
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America. New York, Norton, 2006.

Alice Kessler-Harris, Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982. 

Nancy MacLean, Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006.

Terrance MacMullan, Habits of Whiteness: A Pragmatist Reconstruction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2022.

Ruth Milkman, On Gender, Labor, and Inequality. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016. 

Bruce Nelson, Divided We Stand: American Workers and the Struggle for Black Equality. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002. 

Annelise Orleck, Storming Caesar's Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty. Boston: Beacon Press, 2005. 

Annelise Orleck and Lisa Gayle Hazirjian, The War on Poverty: A New Grassroots History, 1965-1980. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011. 

Painter, Nell Irvin, Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction, Reprint Edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1992. 

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. New York: Liverlight Publishing Company, 2017. 

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