Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson introduce the book by describing the importance of study employers, the historiography about this group, and the structure of the book. Feurer and Pearson highlight scholarly trends, including the recent popularity of the study of capitalism and conservatism. They make a case of placing class at the center of their study. They note that few scholars of capitalism have focused extensively on the anti-union activities of employers, and that political historians of conservatism have overstated the differences between the Republicans and Democrats with respect to labor relations. This introduction makes a strong case emphasizing the role of employers in shaping politics, public relations, and labor relations.
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