- Title Pages
- Workers across the Americas
- 1 Another <i>World</i> History Is Possible
- 2 Historians of the World
- 3 Transnational Labor History
- 4 Labor History as World History
- 5 Overlapping Spaces
- 6 Transnational Migration
- 7“Black Service … White Money”
- 8“We Speak the Same Language in the New World”
- 9 Indigenous Labor in Mid-Nineteenth-Century British North America
- 10“De Facto Mexicans”
- 11“No Right to Layettes or Nursing Time”
- 12 The Battle within the Home
- 13 Feminizing White Slavery in the United States
- 14 Patronage and Progress
- 15 Unspoken Exclusions
- 16 Claiming Political Space
- 17 A Migrating Revolution
- 18 Fugitive Slaves across North America
- 19 Movable Type
- 20 Global Sea or National Backwater?
- Workers Across the Americas
- Oxford University Press
As a locus for working-class demands, protections, and civic participation, the modern state may be undergoing a dramatic thinning process as transnational corporations become increasingly detached from and subversive of the traditional exercise of state regulatory power. Indeed, the rise of a system of global supply chains, with their multilayered sets of factories, vendors, and transport links, has created a world system in which legal ownership of the forces of production has been divorced from operational control. This thinning of state capacity in the twenty-first century returns us to a world that nineteenth-century observers would find quite familiar, when political boundaries and economic regimes did not necessarily coincide, and the labor movement searched for a mechanism by which standards, rights, and political voice might be exercised in a world economy that was both highly integrated and poorly regulated.
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