Strikebreaking and Intimidation Mercenaries and Masculinity in Twentieth-Century America

ISBN-10: 0807853739

ISBN-13: 9780807853733

Edition: 2002

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Description: This is the first systematic study of strikebreaking, intimidation, and anti-unionism in the United States, subjects essential to a full understanding of labor's fortunes in the twentieth century. Paradoxically, the country that pioneered the expansion of civil liberties allowed corporations to assemble private armies to disrupt union organizing, spy on workers, and break strikes. Using a social-historical approach, Stephen Norwood focuses on the mercenaries the corporations enlisted in their anti-union efforts--particularly college students, African American men, the unemployed, and men associated with organized crime. Norwood also considers the paramilitary methods unions developed to counter mercenary violence. The book covers a wide range of industries across much of the country. Norwood explores how the early twentieth-century crisis of masculinity shaped strikebreaking's appeal to elite youth and the media's romanticization of the strikebreaker as a new soldier of fortune. He examines how mining communities' perception of mercenaries as agents of a ribald, sexually unrestrained, new urban culture intensified labor conflict. The book traces the ways in which economic restructuring, as well as shifting attitudes toward masculinity and anger, transformed corporate anti-unionism from World War II to the present.

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List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Robert K. Krick is author of Conquering the Valley and Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain, among other books. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.Stephen H. Norwood, professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, is author of the award-winning Labor's Flaming Youth: Telephone Operators and Worker Militancy, 1878-1923.

Introduction: The Emergence of the Anti-Labor Mercenary
The Student as Strikebreaker: College Youth and the Crisis of Masculinity in the Early Twentieth Century
Gunfighters on the Urban Frontier: Strikebreakers in the Car Wars
Forging a New Masculinity: African American Strikebreaking in the North in the Early Twentieth Century
Cossacks of the Coal Fields: Corporate Mercenaries in the Mine Wars
Ford's Brass Knuckles: Harry Bennett, the Cult of Muscularity, and Anti-Labor Terror, 1920-1945
They Shall Not Pass: Paramilitary Combat against Strikebreaking in the Auto Industry, 1933-1939
Epilogue: Anti-Unionism in America, 1945-2000
Notes
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