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Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson


Employers have enjoyed a tremendous amount of power throughout American history. This nine-chapter collection examines that power as it relates to the so-called “labor question” or “labor problem,” defined in the late nineteenth century by academics, clergymen, journalists, lawyers, politicians and employers to describe strikes, boycott campaigns, and union organization campaigns. Employers asserted their power in numerous ways; they organized with one another, busted unions, broke strikes, and blacklisted labor activists. They enjoyed largely favorable political climates; judges regularly gra ... More

Keywords: class struggle, employers, inequality, open shop, strikebreaking, union-busting, repression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040818
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Feurer, editor
Northern Illinois University

Chad Pearson, editor
Collin College