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The Resource The struggle for America's promise : equal opportunity at the dawn of corporate capital, Claire Goldstene

The struggle for America's promise : equal opportunity at the dawn of corporate capital, Claire Goldstene

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The struggle for America's promise : equal opportunity at the dawn of corporate capital
Title
The struggle for America's promise
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equal opportunity at the dawn of corporate capital
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Claire Goldstene
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eng
Summary
"In The Struggle for America's Promise, Claire Goldstene seeks to untangle one of the enduring ideals in American history, that of economic opportunity. She explores the varied discourses about its meaning during the upheavals and corporate consolidations of the Gilded Age. Some proponents of equal opportunity seek to promote upward financial mobility by permitting more people to participate in the economic sphere thereby rewarding merit over inherited wealth. Others use opportunity as a mechanism to maintain economic inequality. This tension, embedded with the idea of equal opportunity itself and continually reaffirmed by immigrant populations, animated social dissent among urban workers while simultaneously serving efforts by business elites to counter such dissent. Goldstene uses a biographical approach to focus on key figures along a spectrum of political belief as they struggled to reconcile the inherent contradictions of equal opportunity. She considers the efforts of Booker T. Washington in a post-Civil War South to ground opportunity in landownership as an attempt to confront the intersection of race and class. She also explores the determination of the Knights of Labor to define opportunity in terms of controlling one's own labor. She looks at the attempts by Samuel Gompers through the American Federation of Labor as well as by business elites through the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Civic Federation to shift the focus of opportunity to leisure and consumption. The Struggle for America's Promise also includes such radical figures as Edward Bellamy and Emma Goldman, who were more willing to step beyond the boundaries of the discourse about opportunity and question economic competition itself"--
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Goldstene, Claire,
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non fiction
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  • Washington, Booker T
  • Gompers, Samuel
  • Goldman, Emma
  • Bellamy, Edward
  • Income distribution
  • Wealth
  • Opportunity
  • Labor movement
  • Industrial relations
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  • United States
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The struggle for America's promise : equal opportunity at the dawn of corporate capital, Claire Goldstene
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
"This haven of equal opportunity to all" -- Equal opportunity as landownership : Booker T. Washington's Quest -- Equal opportunity in labor : producerism and the Knights of Labor -- Anarchism and equal opportunity : Emma Goldman in America -- Equal opportunity remade I : Samuel Gompers and the pursuit of leisure and consumption -- Equal opportunity remade II : business organizes -- Edward Bellamy and the reimagining of equal opportunity
Control code
861554460
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 248 pages
Isbn
9781617039898
Lccn
2013035941
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)861554460
Label
The struggle for America's promise : equal opportunity at the dawn of corporate capital, Claire Goldstene
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"This haven of equal opportunity to all" -- Equal opportunity as landownership : Booker T. Washington's Quest -- Equal opportunity in labor : producerism and the Knights of Labor -- Anarchism and equal opportunity : Emma Goldman in America -- Equal opportunity remade I : Samuel Gompers and the pursuit of leisure and consumption -- Equal opportunity remade II : business organizes -- Edward Bellamy and the reimagining of equal opportunity
Control code
861554460
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 248 pages
Isbn
9781617039898
Lccn
2013035941
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)861554460

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