Co-Sponsored by the History Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and the Labor and Working Class History Association
Friday, March 10, 2006, 3:00-5:00pm
The Newberry Library
Mutual Labor Relations in the British and American Railroad Industries, 1860-1890
Simon Cordery, Monmouth College
Commentators: Shelton Stromquist, University of Iowa and Richard John, University of Illinois at Chicago
Nineteenth-century British and American railroad employees and managers referred regularly to the shared interests of capital and labour. Given the frequency of such expressions, how seriously should we take them? Focusing on labour unions and railroad companies between 1850 and 1890, this essay applies a framework for analyzing labour relations in Britain to the United States. This framework, "mutualism," calls into questions the assumption that conflict is inherent in wage labour.
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