Labor Fact Book III. Labor Research Association. International Publishers, New York. 1936.

Of lasting value for students of the working class, labor, economy, and the left, is almanac series from the Communist Party’s Labor Research Association’s of labor facts. Written in the deep into the Great Depression just as the formation of the C.I.O. was changing the social terrain, this edition includes details of the economy, relief programs, wages and working conditions, racial disparities, immigration, labor law, strike actions, anti-labor violence, farming and farm workers, the military industrial complex, and international contexts.

Labor Fact Book III. Labor Research Association. International Publishers, New York. 1936.

Contents: Foreword, I) Two Years of “Recovery”, “Excess Capacity,” Domestic and Foreign Trade, Stocks of Goods, Capital Flotations, Money and Banking, Silver Policy, Banking Trends, Concentration in Banking, Excess Bank Reserves, Stock Market Gains, Profits, II) Some “New Deal” Legislation, Social Security Act, State Unemployment Compensation Laws, Workers’ Social Insurance Bill, The Roosevelt Budget, Taxation in the Crisis, Tax Evasions, Who Really Pays the Taxes, “New Deal” Housing Program, Tennessee Valley Authority, “New Deal” in the U.S. Supreme Court, III) Workers’ Conditions, Extent of Unemployment, Unemployment Relief, Work Relief (WPA), Relief Budgets, Increased Production Per Man-Hour, Wages, Real Wages, Hours of Work, Occupational Diseases, Child Labor, Youth and Unemployment, American Youth Act, IV) Strikes and Labor Boards, Strikes, 1931-1935, Notable Strikes of 1934-35, Recent General Strikes, Labor Boards, Automobile Labor Board, National Steel Labor Relations Board, National Textile Labor Relations Board, National Labor Relations Act, V) Trends in the Labor Movement , A.F. of L. Membership, Fifty-fifth Convention, Industrial Unionism, New International Charters, Labor Party, Anti-Red Action, Negro Discrimination, Progressive Tendencies in A.F. of L. Unions, Trade Union Unity, Railroad Union Developments, Amalgamation, Mediation and Arbitration, Railroad Strikes, Company Union Survey, Company Union Revolts, Railroad Workers Beat Company Unions, VI) Professional Workers, Number of Professional Workers, Professional Workers in the Crisis, Professional Organization To-Day, VII) Farmers and Farm Workers, Buys the Farms, Other Farm Debts, Interest, Rent and Taxes, Government Farm Credit Policy, The Drought, Crop Reduction Record of the AAA, Reduced Production and Price Spreads, Effects of the AAA, Farmers Who Cannot Feed Themselves, Resettlement Administration, National Farm Organizations, Agricultural Workers, Sharecroppers’ and Tenants’ Unions, VIII) The United Front, In the United States, Crisis in the Socialist Party, Farmer-Labor Party Movement, Other United Fronts, IX) Civil Rights and Fascist Trends, Anti-Labor Bills, Fascist Trends in the Schools, Organized Reaction, Other Reactionary Agencies, Terror in 1935, Killings of Workers, Troops in Labor, Unemployed and Farm Struggles, Deportation of Foreign-Born, Anti-Alien Bills, Political Prisoners and Defense Cases, X) War and War Preparations, Facts on the World War, U.S. War Preparations, War Department Appropriations, Increases in the Army, Naval Expenditures, United States in the Naval Race, Subsidies to Merchant Marine, Air Forces Expand, Senate Munitions Investigation, United Against War, Mass Anti-War Actions, Actions Against Mussolini’s War on Ethiopia 1935-36, XI) Soviet States, The Soviet Union, Second Five-Year Plan, International Comparisons, Consumers’ Goods, Stakhanov Movement, Agriculture, Ration System Abolished, Labor Conditions, Education and Culture, New Soviet Constitution, Foreign Relations, Soviet China, American Friends of the Chinese People, Index. 232 pages.

The Labor Research Association was established in 1927 by Communist Party publisher Alexander Trachtenberg “to conduct research into economic, social, and political problems in the interest of the American labor movement and to publish its findings in articles, pamphlets and books.” Rand School of Social Science veterans Scott Nearing, Solon De Leon, and Robert W Dunn along with Communist writers and labor researchers Grace Hutchins and Anna Rochester were its leading early members. Known for its Labor Fact Book almanac, published by International Publishers from 1933, the LRA has produced a number of invaluable texts for researchers and activists of the US labor movement.

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