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Labor Visions and State Power : the Origins of Business Unionism in the United States. Cover Image E-book E-book

Labor Visions and State Power : the Origins of Business Unionism in the United States

Summary: Why has labor played a more limited role in national politics in the United States than it has in other advanced industrial societies? Victoria Hattam demonstrates that voluntarism, as American labor's policy was known, was the American Federation of Labor's strategic response to the structure of the American state, particularly to the influence of American courts. The AFL's strategic calculation was not universal, however. This book reveals the competing ideologies and acts of interpretation that produced these variations in state-labor relations. Originally published in 1993.

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  • OCLC: ocn884013156
  • ISBN: 1306985420
  • ISBN: 9781306985420
  • ISBN: 1400863082
  • ISBN: 9781400863082
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (279 pages)
  • Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014.

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Note: Cover; Contents.
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments; Abbreviations ; CHAPTER ONE ; Labor, Ideology, and the State: Working-Class Formation in the United States ; CHAPTER TWO ; Judicial Regulation of Labor: The Common Law Doctrine of Criminal Conspiracy, 1806-1896; CHAPTER THREE; The Producers' Vision: A Republican Political Economy; CHAPTER FOUR ; Disintegration of the Producers' Alliance and Politicization of Judicial Regulation, 1865-1896; CHAPTER FIVE; The United States in Comparative Perspective: English Labor and the Courts ; CHAPTER SIX ; Conclusion: Ideas, Interests, and the Concept of Class.
APPENDIX A American Labor Conspiracy Cases; APPENDIX B; Additional Cases; Bibliography ; Index.
Subject: Labor -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Labor unions -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 19th century

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