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Title: A comparative study of independent working-class politics : the American Federation of Labor and third party movements in New York, Chicago and Seattle, 1918-1924
Author: Strouthous, Andrew George
ISNI:       0000 0001 3488 5108
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1996
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This comparative study of independent working-class politics in New York, Chicago and Seattle between 1918 to 1924 is inspired by the debate over the absence of a working class party in the USA. Ever since Werner Sombart asked, "Why is there no socialism in the United States?" historians and social scientists have contested the answer. The weakness of socialism is not a problem unique to the USA. Indeed mass socialist parties are a rare phenomenon; they only exist in a few countries. Seen in this light there is nothing particularly unusual about the American situation. However Sombart was questioning the absence of a working-class party in a country he considered to have an advanced working-class. The case studies start with the formation and subsequent decline of the labour parties, and end with the La Follette presidential campaign, which many labour party activists had hoped would revive their fortunes. The chapters are ordered in two chronological periods. Chapters Three to Five cover 1918-1920, and Chapters Six to Eight cover 1921 to 1924. As far as possible, each chapter investigates the same range of factors as the previous, so that the whole thesis is infused with the comparative method. The final chapter evaluates the study's contribution to the understanding of the relationship of the US working class to independent political action.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History