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Lawyers against labor : from individual rights to corporate liberalism / Daniel R. Ernst.

By: Ernst, Daniel R.
Contributor(s): American Council of Learned Societies.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Working class in American history. ACLS Humanities E-Book.Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1995Description: xii, 334 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0252021681; 0252065123.Subject(s): Boycotts -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History | Labor unions -- Law and legislation -- United States -- HistoryOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook. In: ACLS Humanities E-BookURL:
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KF3431 c1995 (Browse shelf) Available heb.00113

Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-323) and index.

Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Scholarly Publishing Office, 2003. Includes both TIFF files and keyword searchable text. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book]) Mode of access: Intranet. This volume is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Ernst (law, Georgetown Univ. Law Center) combines history and law in a meticulously researched and accessibly written scholarly examination of the application of pluralist theory to the labor movement and the incorporation of unions into the pluralist regulatory regime. The rich details provided by biographical sketches of two antiunion lawyers and the organization they led, the American Anti-Boycott Association, illuminate aspects of American intellectual history in the process of tracing how individualist Victorian conceptions of unions evolved into more group-centered, pluralist understandings. Ernst argues that the move away from treating secondary boycotts as common law conspiracies and from viewing unions as per se illegal restraints of trade occurred in the early decades of this century, much earlier than the New Deal's Wagner Act or the post-WW II social accord. More historical than sociological, the study centers on how labor law was transformed, not on the social impact of the changing legal doctrine, as is the focus, for example, of William Forbath's Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement (CH, May'92). Nevertheless, Ernst's study should shed needed light on the larger issue of the role played by law in social change. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty.

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