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Against LaborHow U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism$
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Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040818

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.001.0001

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Through a Glass, Darkly

Through a Glass, Darkly

The NLRB, Employer Counteroffensives, Investigative Committees, and the CIO

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Against Labor

Dolores E. Janiewski

University of Illinois Press

Dolores Janiewski illustrates that organized employers continued to struggle against labor and the left, broadly defined, during the 1930s, a high-time for the labor movement. This was a time when labor-supporting politicians like Wisconsin’s La Follette oversaw the creation of an investigation committee, which helped shed light on the long history of employer thuggery. But organized employers helped to shape another investigation committee, the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), which was formed in 1938. Let by Congressman Martin Dies of Texas, an ally of anti-union bosses, this anti-leftist committee overshadowed the La Follette committee, and helped set the stage for McCarthyism more than a decade later. HUAC’s success in tarring labor activists as communist agents illustrates how employers actively shaped state support even at their lowest moment of power.

Keywords:   House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), La Follette Committee, anti-communism, New Deal, union-busting

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