Fields of interest: United States History:
American labor and social movements; U.S., Asian, Black and Mexican
immigration; comparative Euro-American history.
Education: D. Phil. Oxford University, 1962
Workingman in American Life (1968).
Labor and the Left, a Study of Socialist and Radical Influences in
the American Labor Movement, 1881-1924 (1970).
Failure of a Dream? Essays in the History of American Socialism
(1974), (1984), joint author.
Nature's Noblemen: The Fortunes of the Independent Collier in
Scotland and the American Midwest, 1855-1889 (1983).
History of the ILGWU in Los Angeles, 1910-1988 (1989), joint
"Gender, Class, or Ethno-Cultural Struggle? The Problematic
Relationship Between Rose Pesotta and the Los Angeles ILGWU", California
The United Mine Workers of America: A Model of Industrial
Solidarity? (1996), editor.
Colliers Across the Sea: A Comparative Study of Class Formation in
Scotland and the American Midwest, 1830-1924 (1999)
My interests have broadened in recent years from
U.S. labor and radical history to include immigration and working class
formation in Los Angeles, as well as in western Europe and the United
States. I am presently writing a short comparative history of the American
working class which is under contract to Princeton University Press.