The Right and Labor in America

This collection of essays by leading American historians explains how and why the fight against unionism has long been central to the meaning of contemporary conservatism.

The Right and Labor in America
Politics, Ideology, and Imagination

Nelson Lichtenstein and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Editors

2012 | 432 pages | Cloth $49.95
American History | Political Science
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Entangled Histories: American Conservatism and the U.S. Labor Movement in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
—Nelson Lichtenstein and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

I. THE CONSERVATIVE SEARCH FOR SOCIAL HARMONY
Chapter 1. Unions, Modernity, and the Decline of American Economic Nationalism
—Andrew Wender Cohen
Chapter 2. The American Legion and Striking Workers During the Interwar Period
—Christopher Nehls
Chapter 3. Democracy or Seduction? The Demonization of Scientific Management and the Deification of Human Relations
—Chris Nyland and Kyle Bruce

II. REGION, RACE, AND RESISTANCE TO ORGANIZED LABOR
Chapter 4. Capital Flight, "States' Rights," and the Anti-Labor Offensive After World War II
—Tami J. Friedman
Chapter 5. Orval Faubus and the Rise of Anti-Labor Populism in Northwestern Arkansas
—Michael Pierce
Chapter 6. "Is Freedom of the Individual Un-American?" Right-to-Work Campaigns and Anti-Union Conservatism, 1943-1958
—Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

III. APPROPRIATING THE LANGUAGE OF CIVIL RIGHTS
Chapter 7. Singing "The Right-to-Work Blues": The Politics of Race in the Campaign for "Voluntary Unionism" in Postwar California
—Reuel Sc hiller
Chapter 8. Whose Rights? Litigating the Right to Work, 1940-1980
—Sophia Z. Lee
Chapter 9. "Such Power Spells Tyranny": Business Opposition to Administrative Governance and the Transformation of Fair Employment Policy in Illinois, 1945-1964
—Alexander Gourse

IV. THE SPECTER OF UNION POWER AND CORRUPTION
Chapter 10. Pattern for Partnership: Putting Labor Racketeering on the Nation's Agenda in the Late 1950s
—David Witwer
Chapter 11. "Compulsory Unionism": Sylvester Petro and the Career of an Anti-Union Idea, 1957-1987
—Joseph McCartin and Jean-Christian Vinel
Chapter 12. Wal-Mart, John Tate, and Their Anti-Union America
—Nelson Lichtenstein
Chapter 13. "All Deals Are Off": The Dunlop Commission and Employer Opposition to Labor Law Reform
—John Logan
Chapter 14. Is Democracy in the Cards? A Democratic Defense of the Employee Free Choice Act
—Susan Orr

Notes
List of Contributors
Index