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Heartland Blues: Labor Rights in the Industrial Midwest

Marc Dixon

Abstract

Heartland Blues provides a new perspective on union decline by revisiting the labor movement at its historical peak in the 1950s and analyzing campaigns over right-to-work laws and public-sector collective bargaining rights in the industrial Midwest. The focus on 1950s labor conflicts, including union failures, departs from popular and academic treatments of the period that emphasize consensus, an accord between capital and labor in collective bargaining, or the conservative drift and bureaucratization of the labor movement. The state campaigns examined in Heartland Blues instead reveal a labo ... More

Keywords: American labor movement, business mobilization, capital–labor accord, industrial Midwest, labor politics, public-sector collective bargaining, right-to-work laws, social movement theory, union decline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190917036
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190917036.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Dixon, author
Professor of Sociology, Dartmouth College