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Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement

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ISBN 9780674517820

Publication Date: 05/01/1991


230 pages


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  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Broad Contexts
    • Recasting American “Exceptionalism”
    • The State of Courts and Parties
  • 2. Judicial Review in Labor’s Political Culture
    • Samuel Gompers and In re Jacobs
    • Hours Laws in Illinois
    • Hours Laws in Colorado
    • Pressed toward a Minimalist Politics
  • 3. Government by Injunction
    • The Origins and Dimensions of Government by Injunction
    • The Origins of Government by Injunction in Railway Strikes
    • The Rise and Repression of City-Wide Boycotts
  • 4. Semi-Outlawry
    • The Usurpation of Local Polities
    • Courts and the Uses of Police, Guards and Troops
    • Labor’s Resort to Injunctions
  • 5. The Language of the Law and the Remaking of Labor’s Rights Consciousness
    • “Labor’s Whole Gospel Is Liberty of Contract”
    • Labor’s Constitution
    • A Great Popular Defiance
    • Anti-Injunction Laws before Norris-LaGuardia
    • The Norris-LaGuardia Act
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Labor Legislation in the Courts, 1885–1930
  • Appendix B: Approximating the Numbers of Labor Injunctions and Their Relation to Other Strike Statistics, 1880–1930
  • Appendix C: Judicial Treatment of Statutes Seeking to Protect Union Organizing and Action by Revising Equity and Common Law Doctrine
  • Index

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