Muller Vs. Oregon: A Brief History with Documents
by Nancy Woloch
The first brief book on the landmark 1908 Supreme Court decision that limited a woman's workday to ten hours, this text offers a concise analysis of the origins and impact of Muller v. Oregon. Woloch's comprehensive narrative familiarizes readers with Progressive reform, the case itself, and the conflict Muller generated within the women's movement over the issue of classi...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by St. Martin's Press
(first published 1996)
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History is messy, unclean, like a million voices speaking at the same time. Public policies have untidy origins, entangled histories and unforeseen consequences. One could only try one's best at the moment, within the limitation of current social, economical, political and cultural contexts (or web). Whatever we do, however thoughtful we strive to be, the only sure thing is that it cannot be perfect forever. We need to constantly adjust public policies according to present social realities and i...more
I skimmed most of this book, and we spent a bit of time going over the information in class, but I'd like to go back and read it better. The whole book focuses on labor laws, and the constitutional cases that arise from that. Really interesting to watch the progression of labor laws, and the shift from pro-business to pro-labor.