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Author Smith, Robert Michael, 1955-

Title From blackjacks to briefcases : a history of commercialized strikebreaking and unionbusting in the United States / Robert Michael Smith with a foreword by Scott Molloy
Published Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, 2003


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 179 pages) : illustrations
Contents The business community's mercenaries : The era of privately paid police -- Armies of strikebreakers for hire -- Spies, propagandists, missionaries, and hookers : The era of industrial espionage -- The unionbusting industry since the Wagner Act
Summary Publisher's description: From the beginning of the Industrial Age and continuing into the twenty-first century, companies faced with militant workers and organizers have often turned to agencies that specialized in ending strikes and breaking unions. Although their secretive nature has made it difficult to fully explore the history of this industry, From Blackjacks to Briefcases does just that. By digging through subpoenaed documents of strike-bound companies, their mercenaries, and the testimony of executive officers and rank-and-file strikebreakers, Robert Smith examines the inner workings of the antiunion industry. In a clear and lively style, he brings to life the violent armed guards employed on the picket line or in the coal camps; the ruffians who filled the armies marshaled by the "King of the Strikebreakers", Pearl Bergoff; the labor spies who wrecked countless unions; and, after the Wagner Act, those who manipulated national labor law to serve their clients. In From Blackjacks to Briefcases, Smith follows the history of this ongoing struggle and tells a compelling story that parallels the history of the United States over the last century and a half
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Strikebreakers -- United States -- History
Union busting -- United States -- History
Strikes and lockouts -- United States -- History
Strikes and lockouts
Union busting
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780821441909