Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement

ISBN-10: 0674517822
ISBN-13: 9780674517820
Edition: 1991
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Why did American workers, unlike their European counterparts, fail to forge a class-based movement to pursue broad social reform? Was it simply that they lacked class consciousness and were more interested in personal mobility? In a richly detailed survey of labor law and labor history, William Forbath challenges this notion of American "individualism." In fact, he argues, the nineteenth-century American labor movement was much like Europe's labor movements in its social and political outlook, but in the decades around the turn of the century, the prevailing attitude of American trade unionists changed. Forbath shows that, over time, struggles with the courts and the legal order were crucial to reshaping labor's outlook, driving the labor movement to temper its radical goals.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Broad ContextsRecasting American ""Exceptionalism""
The State of Courts and Parties
Judicial Review in Labor's Political Culture Samuel
Gompers and in Jacobs Hours Laws in Illinois Hours
Laws in Colorado Pressed toward a Minimalist Politics
Government by Injunction
The Origins and Dimensions of Government by Injunction
The Origins of Governmentby Injunction in Railway Strikes
The Rise and Repression of City-Wide Boycotts
Semi-Outlawry
The Usurpa

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