By John C. Putman

ISBN-10: 0874177367

ISBN-13: 9780874177367

ISBN-10: 087417743X

ISBN-13: 9780874177435

This publication strains the interaction of sophistication, gender, and politics in progressive-era Seattle, Washington in the course of the formative interval of industrialization and the institution of a countrywide industry financial system. With the speedy westward enlargement of the capitalist industry by way of the sunrise of the 20 th century, nationwide political and fiscal pressures considerably remodeled either urban and area. regardless of the region's tremendous usual assets, the West had a hugely urbanized inhabitants, surpassing even that of the economic Northeast. Westerners celebrated the region's wide-open areas, or even even though a wide a part of the West's financial system used to be situated within the mines, fields, and forests, such a lot selected to dwell within the urban. towns hence witnessed the intersection of sophistication, gender, and political reform as citizens struggled to

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The prosperity seemed to bode well for the city’s working class. In fact, the number of employed workers in Seattle nearly tripled from 1900 to 1910. Almost every trade and occupation witnessed job growth of at least twofold. The number of carpenters, for example, jumped from fewer than two thousand in 1900 to nearly six thousand a decade later, while the number of salesmen increased from one thousand to more than five thousand. Seattle’s occupational pattern, however, mirrored its economic development.

Skilled workers aggressively undertook a concerted effort to secure a better life during this period by reviving a moribund union movement. The dazzling prosperity generated by the Klondike gold strike encouraged workers to rebuild unions that the 1890s depression had virtually destroyed. Seattle barbers, for example, organized a union local in 1900 and within a couple of years reported 176 members. 20 By 1907, the Seattle Union Record reported that the city had over ninety unions with some ten thousand members overall.

At the dawn of the century workers focused on rebuilding a labor movement left in shambles following the 1890s depression. The economic boom sparked by a gold rush in the Yukon Territory of Canada accelerated the rebirth of organized labor in Seattle. Organizing at the point of production brought a growing part of the city’s working class under the umbrella of the wclu, save African American and Asian workers who found the union door closed. Emboldened by such growth, union officials tried third-party politics to tip the balance of power away from local employers.

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