The phrase "a strong work ethic" conjures images of hard-driving employees working diligently for long hours. But where did this ideal come from, and how has it been buffeted by changes in work itself? This book shows how the new work culture permeated society, including literature, politics, the emerging feminist movement, and the labor movement.
Daniel T. Rodgers is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of Contested Truths: Keywords in American Politics, Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age, and Age of Fracture.