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Rights Delayed: The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions, 1935–1950

Charles Romney


Progressive unions flourished in the 1930s by working alongside federal agencies created during the New Deal. Yet in 1950, few progressive unions remained. Why? Most scholars point to domestic anticommunism and southern conservatives in Congress as the forces that diminished the New Deal state, eliminated progressive unions, and destroyed the radical potential of American liberalism. Rights Delayed argues that anticommunism and congressional conservatism merely intensified the main reason for the decline of progressive unions: the New Deal state’s focus on legal procedure. Initially, progressi ... More

Keywords: NLRB, National Labor Relations Board, canneries, legal procedure, labor law, progressive unions, anticommunism, Teamsters, Taft-Hartley Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190250294
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Romney, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Arkansas-Little Rock