Explaining Labor’s Political Fortunes

Part of the Springer Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)


Brilliantly but briefly, the U.S. labor movement blossomed in only two decades of this century.1 Until the New Deal, business and government built a structure that managed to contain the movement. Especially in difficult economic times, business repeatedly beat back labor’s threats to become a significant economic and political actor (Gordon, Edwards, and Reich 1982, pp. 122–80). The crisis of capitalism during the long Great Depression created conditions for a new alignment in the political order. The Democratic Party, struggling to forge a majority coalition, appealed to industrial workers, ethnic communities, and liberals for support.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1995

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