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Employment



  • How the "Job" Became the Center of American Life

    "Since about the 1940s, Americans have been encouraged to look to their jobs for nearly all of life’s necessities: a living wage, health insurance, and retirement benefits, as well as intangibles like friendship, identity, and a sense of purpose." Historians Nelson Lichtenstein and James Livingston explain why. 



  • The Future of Work, a History

    by Kevin Baker

    America has a long, complicated track record of dreading that robots would take our jobs.



  • Voter anger explained—in one chart

    Take a look at this single, stark chart depicting the 35-year history of U.S. employment in manufacturing industries.