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A list of key readings about Congress of Industrial Organizations.
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Scholarly studies

  • Angelo, Pat. Philip Murray, Union Man: A Life Story (2003) 240 pages
  • Arnesen, Eric, ed. Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History (2006), 2064pp; 650 articles by experts
  • Bernstein, Irving. Turbulent Years: A History of the American Worker, 1933-1941 (1970)
  • Boyle, Kevin. The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968 (1995), auto workers online edition
  • Brooks, George W., Milton Derber, David A. McCabe, Philip Taft. Interpreting the Labor Movement (1952) online edition
  • Burt, Kenneth C. The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics. (2007). excerpt and text search
  • Fraser, Steven. Labor Will Rule: Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor. (1993).
  • Campbell, D'Ann. "Sisterhood versus the Brotherhoods: Women in Unions" in Women at War With America: Private Lives in a Patriotic Era (1984).
  • Dark; Taylor E. The Unions and the Democrats: An Enduring Alliance. Cornell University Press, 1999 online edition
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn and Warren Van Time John L. Lewis (1986). excerpt and text search
  • Faue, Elizabeth. Community of Suffering & Struggle: Women, Men, and the Labor Movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945 (1991), social history
  • Miller, Sally M., and Daniel A. Cornford, eds. American Labor in the Era of World War II (1995) excerpt and text search
  • Galenson; Walter. The CIO Challenge to the AFL: A History of the American Labor Movement, 1935-1941, Harvard University Press, 1960 online edition
  • Griffith, Barbara S. The Crisis of American Labor: Operation Dixie and the Defeat of the CIO. (1988) ISBN 0-87722-503-6
  • Heineman; Kenneth J. A Catholic New Deal: Religion and Reform in Depression Pittsburgh, (1999) online edition
  • Jensen, Richard J. "The Causes and Cures of Unemployment in the Great Depression," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 19 (1989) p. 553-83 online in JSTOR
  • Kornhauser, Arthur, Harold L. Sheppard, and Albert J. Mayer; When Labor Votes: A Study of Auto Workers, 1956 online edition
  • Lichtenstein, Nelson. Labor's War at Home: The CIO in World War II. (1987). excerpt and text search
  • Lichtenstein, Nelson. The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor (1995) online edition; also excerpt and text search*Lichtenstein, Nelson and Stephen Meyer, eds. On the Line: Essays in the History of Auto Work (1989)
  • Lipsitz, George. Rainbow at Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s. (1994).
  • Miller, Sally M., and Daniel A. Cornford, eds; American Labor in the Era of World War II (1995) online edition
  • Millis, Harry A. How Collective Bargaining Works: A Survey of Experience in Leading American Industries, Twentieth Century Fund, 1942 online edition
  • Stepan-Norris, Judith, and Maurice Zeitlin; Left out: Reds and America's Industrial Unions, Cambridge University Press, 2003 online edition
  • Stromquist, Shelton. Labor's Cold War: Local Politics in a Global Context (2008) excerpt and text search
  • Zieger, Robert H. The CIO 1935-1955. University of North Carolina Press, 1995, the best overall survey. online edition

Labor Law

  • Abraham, Steven E. "The Impact of the Taft-Hartley Act on the Balance of Power in Industrial Relations" American Business Law Journal Vol. 33, 1996 online edition
  • Ballam, Deborah A. "The Impact of the National Labor Relations Act on the U.S. Labor Movement" American Business Law Journal, Vol. 32, 1995 online edition
  • Gall, Gilbert J. The Politics of Right to Work: The Labor Federations as Special Interests, 1943-1979 (1988) online edition
  • Lee, R. Alton. Truman and Taft-Hartley: A Question of Mandate (1966) online edition
  • Millis, Harry A.. and Emily Clark Brown. From the Wagner Act to Taft-Hartley: A Study of National Labor Policy and Labor Relations (1950)
  • Vittoz, Stanley. New Deal Labor Policy and the American Industrial Economy (1987) online edition

Communist roles

  • Gall, Gilbert J. Pursuing Justice: Lee Pressman, the New Deal, and the CIO. (1998). 363 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Kimmeldorf, Howard. Reds or Rackets? The Making of Radical and Conservative Unions on the Waterfront (1988). on the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union
  • McCollester, Charles. ed. Fighter with a Heart: Writings of Charles Owen Rice, Pittsburgh Labor Priest (1996) Rice led the anti-Communist forces in Pittsburgh
  • Meyer, Stephen. "Stalin Over Wisconsin": The Making and Unmaking of Militant Unionism, 1900-1950 (1992); on the Allis-Chalmers local of the United Automobile Workers in Wisconsin
  • Preis, Art. Labor's Giant Step: The First Twenty Years of the CIO: 1936-55. 1964. left-wing viewpoint
  • Prickett, James. "'Stalin over Wisconsin': the Left and the CIO." Radical History Review 1995 (61): 161-165. Issn: 0163-6545 Fulltext: in Swetswise
  • Rosswurm, Steve et al. The CIO's Left-Led Unions (1992) 250 pp.
  • Saposs, David J. Communism in American Unions, 1959 online edition

Race, FEPC

  • Collins, William J. "Race, Roosevelt, and Wartime Production: Fair Employment in World War II Labor Markets," American Economic Review 91:1 (March 2001), pp. 272-286 in JSTOR
  • Kersten, Andrew Edmund. Race, Jobs, and the War: The FEPC in the Midwest, 1941-46 (2000) online review
  • Meier, August, and Elliott Rudwick. Black Detroit and the Rise of the UAW, (1981) online edition

Primary sources

  • Fred A. Hartley Jr. and Robert A. Taft. Our New National Labor Policy: The Taft-Hartley Act and the Next Steps (1948) by the chief Congressional opponents of the CIO
  • McCollester, Charles. ed. Fighter with a Heart: Writings of Charles Owen Rice, Pittsburgh Labor Priest (1996)
  • Reuther, Walter P. Walter P. Reuther: Selected Papers ed by Henry M. Christman, (1961) , UAW leader's speeches online edition
  • Shister, Joseph. ed. Readings in Labor Economics & Industrial Relations (1951) primary and secondary sources online edition


  • Southern Labor Archives. Department of Special Collections, The University Library, Georgia State University. (Official repository for hundreds of local and regional union offices, as well as the national offices of IAMAW, NFFE, UGWA, UFWA, PATCO, UTWA, and the Georgia State AFL-CIO.)Online guide retrieved April 27, 2005.
  • Martin, Katherine F., ed. Operation Dixie: The CIO Organizing Committee Papers, 1946-1953. Media: 75 reels of 35mm microfilm. Online guide to the microfilm edition retrieved April 27, 2005.