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American Railroad Labor and the Genesis of the New Deal, 1919–1935$
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Jon R. Huibregtse

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034652

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034652.001.0001

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The Great War and its Aftermath

The Great War and its Aftermath

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(p.22) 3 The Great War and its Aftermath
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American Railroad Labor and the Genesis of the New Deal, 1919–1935
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Jon R. Huibregtse

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034652.003.0003

The chapter examines the railroad industry during World War I, the benefits the war brought railroaders, and the debate that surrounded the railroad industry as federal control drew to a conclusion in 1919. Congress enacted legislation and the railroad unions lost many of the prerogatives that they had gained during the period of federal oversight. The unions mobilized for the election of 1920, and using the roll call vote on the Transportation Act as their guide, exhorted their members to vote. Although the railroad unions were unsuccessful in enacting the Plumb Plan or stopping the Transportation Act from becoming law, they laid important groundwork for their own political future. The railroad unions sustained a high level of political organization, which was the foundation of their political activism in the 1920s.

Keywords:   World War I, Transportation Act, railroad unions, Plumb Plan, political organization

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