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Strikebreaking and Intimidation: Mercenaries and Masculinity in Twentieth-Century America

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This is the first systematic study of strikebreaking, intimidation, and anti-unionism in the United States, subjects essential to a full understanding of labor's fortunes in the twentieth century. Paradoxically, the country that pioneered the expansion of civil liberties allowed corporations to assemble private armies to disrupt union organizing, spy on workers, and break ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 27th 2002 by University of North Carolina Press
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James
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Norwood argued that the inherent violence of first half 20th century strike breaking, involving beatings, murder, mercenary armies, spy networks, and blacklists, was not simply a matter of class, but also one of proving masculinity in both strikebreakers and unionists. Indeed, strikebreaking became one of highly aggressive masculine proving-grounds. First, companies employed hugely expensive strikebreaker mercenary forces to both guard replacement workers, do replacement work, spy on union activ ...more
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Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me this was one of the the most interesting types of history book -- a book about something I had barely known about before reading. I had known that companies have resisted their workers forming unions, that companies have used different methods to end strikes, and that sometimes violence was involved. But I had no idea of the lengths businesses have gone to and how extremely violent things got.

This is a book about strikebreaking in the United States only, between the beginning of the 1900s
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Stephen H. Norwood, who holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the winner of the Herbert G. Gutman Award in American Social History and winner of the Macmillan/SABR Award in Baseball History. His articles have appeared in anthologies and numerous journals, including American Jewish History, Modern Judaism, and the Journal of Social Hist ...more
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