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A list of key readings about American Federation of Labor.
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  • Arnesen, Eric, ed. Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History (2006), 2064pp; 650 articles by experts
  • Beik, Millie, ed. Labor Relations: Major Issues in American History (2005) over 100 annotated primary documents
  • Boris, Eileen, Nelson Lichtenstein, and Thomas Paterson. Major Problems In The History Of American Workers: Documents and Essays )2002)
  • Brody, David. In Labor's Cause: Main Themes on the History of the American Worker (1993)
  • Browne, Waldo Ralph. What's what in the Labor Movement: A Dictionary of Labor Affairs and Labor (1921) 577pp; encyclopedia of labor terms, organizations and history. complete text online
  • Commons, John R. History of Labour in the United States - vol 1 and Vol. 2 1860-1896 (1918)
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn, and Foster Rhea Dulles. Labor in America: A History (2004), textbook
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn, and Warren Van Tine, eds. Labor Leaders in America (1987) biographies of key leaders, written by scholars
  • Galenson, Walter. The CIO Challenge to the AFL: A History of the American Labor Movement, 1935-1941 (1960)
  • Greene, Julie. Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 1881-1917 (1998)
  • Karson, Marc. American Labor Unions and Politics, 1900-1918 (1958)
  • Kersten, Andrew. Labor's Home Front: The American Federation of Labor during World War II (2006)
  • Lichtenstein, Nelson. State of the Union: A Century of American Labor (2003)
  • Livesay, Harold C. Samuel Gompers and Organized Labor in America (1993), short biography
  • McCartin, Joseph A. ’Labor's Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-1921 (1997)
  • McKelvey, Jean Trepp. AFL Attitudes toward Production, 1900-1932 (1952)
  • Mandel, Bernard. Samuel Gompers: A Biography (1963)
  • Mink, Gwendolyn. Old Labor and New Immigrants in American Political Development: Union, Party, and State, 1875-1920 (1986)
  • Morris, James Oliver. Conflict Within the AFL: A Study of Craft Versus Industrial Unionism, 1901-1938, 1958
  • Perlman, Selig. A History of Trade Unionism in the United States 1922 - 313 pages online edition
  • Zieger, Robert H., and Gilbert J. Gall, American Workers, American Unions: The Twentieth Century(3rd ed. 2002)
  • Zieger, Robert H. For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America Since 1865 (2007)