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New Deal labor policy and the American industrial economy /
by Stanley Vittoz.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1987.
241 p. ; 24 cm.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1987.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 217-235.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-11:
Historians have long debated the role of both corporations and organized labor in the formulation and passage of such key New Deal legislation as the 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) and the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Vittoz begins with an analysis of labor-management relations in such chronically unstable industries as coal, clothing, and textiles during the 1920s. The author demonstrates that relative support for specific laws in the following decade rested in large part on the ability of those laws to bring some semblance of order, under federal guidance, to sectors of the economy plagued by cut-throat competition. Unions and corporations jointly supported the NIRA because it provided labor with certain rights while providing businesses with a vehicle to stabilize production without any threat to their control of the workplace. They parted company over the NLRA, however, which provided government protection of the right of workers to form their own unions. Vittoz presents a carefully researched, well-thought-out study of an important period in American history which directly complements the work of Ellis W. Hawley, The New Deal and the Problem of Monopoly (CH, Jun '66) and Theodore Rosenof, Dogma, Depression and the New Deal (CH, Feb '76). No charts, graphs, or illustrative materials of any kind. Mainly geared to experts in the field, this volume is best suited for university libraries.-H. Harris, Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington Campus
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Lean Yearsp. 15
Protocol of Peacep. 34
The Miners' Bargainp. 47
Legislative Odysseyp. 73
Codified Capitalism, Ip. 97
Codified Capitalism, IIp. 119
Politics: the Wagner Actp. 137
Economics: the Stakes of Powerp. 153
Conclusionp. 165
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 237
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