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American Railroad Labor and the Genesis of the New Deal, 1919–1935

Jon R. Huibregtse


American historians tend to believe that labor activism was moribund in the years between the First World War and the New Deal. The book challenges this perspective in this examination of the railroad unions of the time, arguing that not only were they active, but that they made a big difference in American Labor practices by helping to set legal precedents. The book explains how efforts by the Plumb Plan League and the Railroad Labor Executive Association created the Railroad Labor Act, its amendments, and the Railroad Retirement Act. These laws became models for the National Labor Relations ... More

Keywords: American historians, labor activism, First World War, New Deal, railroad unions, American Labor, Plumb Plan League, Railroad Labor Executive Association, Railroad Labor Act, Railroad Retirement Act, National Labor Relations Act, Social Security Act, NLRA, Social Security, labor unions, 1920s, union activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813034652
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon R. Huibregtse, author
Framingham State College