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Irving Bernstein

Irving Bernstein (1916–2001) was a distinguished labor historian and teacher. He earned a PhD at Harvard University where he studied with Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. He taught from 1948 to 1986 at UCLA, doing research at the Institute of Industrial Relations and teaching in the Department of Political Science.


  • The Lean Years

    A fascinating, comprehensive study of the American workforce, from the "roaring twenties" through the Great Depression.
  • The Turbulent Years

    The era of American labor's greatest struggles, vividly reconstructed by one of labor history's greatest historians.