The Quest for "Just and Pure Law"

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2009-03-12
Publisher(s): Stanford Univ Pr
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Focusing on the political culture forged by Rocky Mountain workers from the 1870s through the 1920s, this book shows how the unique working-class politics of the region led to remarkable successes in securing progressive labor legislation. These successesespecially in improving workers' hours, wages, and safetyin turn played a central role in transforming the nation's attitudes toward workers' rights. Examining political culture in the everyday lives of workers (from shop floors to union halls to recreation), the author uncovers a labor movement based as much on pragmatism as on ideology, and he traces how its members productively focused their efforts on political action at the local and state levels. In the process, they developed a genuinely social-democratic political culture.

Author Biography

John P. Enyeart is Assistant Professor of History at Bucknell University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
"He Who Would Be Free, Himself Must Strike the Blow": Joseph Buchanan, Rocky Mountain Knights, and Notions of Working-Class Justicep. 25
To "Strike at the Polls": Local and State Politics, Regional Unity, and Working-Class Political Actionp. 71
The "Militant, Progressive, Liberal Spirit of Western Unionism": Mutualism, Socialism, and Regional Activismp. 117
"Sabotage, 'Jackass Tactics' Indeed!": Progressive Unionists, Syndicalists, and the Advance of Social Democracyp. 169
"There Is a War Every Day for the Workers-There Always Has Been": The Persistence of Progressive Unionismp. 217
Conclusionp. 247
Notesp. 253
Indexp. 313
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