From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend

A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States

“[A] marvelously informed, carefully crafted, far-ranging history of working people.” —Noam Chomsky

Hailed in a starred Publishers Weekly review as a work of “impressive even-handedness and analytic acuity . . . that gracefully handles a broad range of subject matter,” From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend is the first comprehensive look at American history through the prism of working people. From indentured servants and slaves in the seventeenth-century Chesapeake to high-tech workers in contemporary Silicon Valley, the book “[puts] a human face on the people, places, events, and social conditions that have shaped the evolution of organized labor” (Library Journal).

From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend also “thoroughly includes the contributions of women, Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and minorities, and considers events often ignored in other histories,” writes Booklist, which adds that “thirty pages of stirring drawings by ‘comic journalist’ Joe Sacco add an unusual dimension to the book.”

Praise

“Impressive.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The dream of somehow pulling together . . . a sweeping history [of labor] is a long-standing one . . . but these authors accomplish the task with verve and style. . . . An enjoyable introduction to American working-class history.”
The American Prospect
“A comprehensive history of American labor. . . . Enlivened and diverted by the humorous cartoon narratives of Joe Sacco.”
The Washington Post