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Author Leon, Cedric de, author

Title The origins of right to work : antilabor democracy in nineteenth-century Chicago / Cedric de Leon
Published Ithaca : ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2015
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Contents Tracing the origins of the right to work -- The critique of wage dependency, 1828-1844 -- The political crisis over slavery and the rise of free labor, 1844-1860 -- The war years, or, The triumphs and reversals of free labor ideology, 1861-1865 -- Anti-labor democracy and the working class, 1865-1887 -- Epilogue : neoliberalism in the rustbelt
Summary "Right to Work states weaken collective bargaining rights and limit the ability of unions to effectively advocate on behalf of workers. As more and more states consider enacting right-to-work laws, observers trace the contemporary attack on organized labor to the 1980s and the Reagan era. In The Origins of Right to Work, however, Cedric de Leon contends that this antagonism began a century earlier with the Northern victory in the U.S. Civil War, when the political establishment revised the English common-law doctrine of conspiracy to equate collective bargaining with the enslavement of free white men. In doing so, de Leon connects past and present, raising critical questions that address pressing social issues. Drawing on the changing relationship between political parties and workers in nineteenth-century Chicago, de Leon concludes that if workers' collective rights are to be preserved in a global economy, workers must chart a course of political independence and overcome long-standing racial and ethnic divisions."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Labor movement -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 19th century.
Labor -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 19th century.
Open and closed shop -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 19th century.
Political parties -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 19th century.
Working class -- Political activity -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 19th century.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 080145588X (electronic bk.)
9780801455889 (electronic bk.)