09.05.07 - Lecture 3: September 5, 2005 Twin preoccupations...

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Lecture 3: September 5, 2005 Twin preoccupations within the ranks of the laboring class Have to do with equal rights and economic securities Political preoccupations: class awareness o Give rise to labor movement Skilled workers believed that American revolution had a purpose beyond the throwing out of British control Believed that society would consist of egalitarian values and would enjoy this in post revolutionary America Chief interest is in the labor movement Preoccupation: their economic well being o Create another institution trade union Narrow, exclusive, self interested Skilled workers realized that it’s better to act in concert than to act individually They formed combinations that become the earliest organizations Do this to accomplish what you can’t individually No sympathy for the broader working class Self interested Leave everyone else out It’s based not on class consciousness but on craft When everyone you employ withdraws their labor you are going to make concessions It’s very effective
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