A Union and its Politics

A Union and its Politics

The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), contends Steven Fraser, “was a quintessentially political creature whose origins and fate were entirely bound up with the rising and receding of the `second New Deal.'” The career of Sidney Hillman provides Fraser, who is the executive editor of Basic Books and co-editor of the important anthology The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980(Princeton, 1989), with a vehicle for exploring the ties that bound the new union movement to other efforts at social reconstruction through the political order. Every stage of Hillman’s life linked him with networks of men and women who then transformed American life.

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