Reform or Repression

Examining the professional lives of a variety of businessmen and their advocates with the intent of taking their words seriously, Chad Pearson paints a vivid picture of an epic contest between industrial employers and labor, and challenges our comfortable notions of Progressive Era reformers.

Reform or Repression
Organizing America's Anti-Union Movement

Chad Pearson

2015 | 312 pages | Cloth $55.00
American History | Business
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Reformers and Fighters: Employers and the Labor Problem

PART I. NATION
Chapter 1. Fighting "Union Dictation": Birth of the Open-Shop Movement
Chapter 2. "For the Protection of the Common People": Citizens, Progressives, and "Free Workers"

PART II. REGION
Chapter 3. A Tale of Two Men: Class Traitors and Strikebreaking in Cleveland
Chapter 4. Avenging McKinley: Organized Employers in Buffalo
Chapter 5. Making the "City of Prosperity": The Poetry of Industrial Harmony in Worcester
Chapter 6. "A Solid South for the Open Shop": N. F. Thompson and the Labor Solution

Conclusion. Creating the "Common Good": Individual Rights, Industrial Progress, and Virtuous Citizenship

Notes
Index
Acknowledgments