Muller vs. Oregon: A Brief History with Documents

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The first brief book on the landmark 1908 Supreme Court decision that limited a woman's workday to ten hours, this text offers a concise analysis of the origins and impact of Muller v. Oregon. Woloch's comprehensive narrative familiarizes readers with Progressive reform, the case itself, and the conflict Muller generated within the women's movement over the issue of classification by gender. A rich collection of primary documents - including court decisions, the Brandeis brief, and essays by leading ...
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The first brief book on the landmark 1908 Supreme Court decision that limited a woman's workday to ten hours, this text offers a concise analysis of the origins and impact of Muller v. Oregon. Woloch's comprehensive narrative familiarizes readers with Progressive reform, the case itself, and the conflict Muller generated within the women's movement over the issue of classification by gender. A rich collection of primary documents - including court decisions, the Brandeis brief, and essays by leading Progressive-era reformers - enables readers to analyze the decision and the ensuing debate. Editorial features include headnotes, a chronology, a bibliography, and illustrations.
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A history of the origins and impact of the landmark 1908 Supreme Court decision that limited a woman's workday to ten hours, concentrating on aspects of Progressive reform, the case itself, and the conflict it generated within the women's movement over the issue of classification by gender. Presents a detailed overview of the case and its implications, and primary documents including court decisions, briefs, and essays by leading Progressive-era reformers. Includes a chronology of major hours and wage cases from 1895-1941, and b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. 1 "Entering Wedge": Muller v. Oregon and Its Legacy 1
1 The Rise of Protective Laws 5
2 "The Facts of Common Knowledge," 1908 21
3 From Muller to Adkins, 1908-1923 41
4 Legacy: Labor Law, Women's Politics, and Protective Policies 58
Pt. 2 The Documents 91
1 Ritchie v. People (1895) 93
2 Holden v. Hardy (1898) 97
3 Lochner v. New York (1905) 99
4 "The Right to Leisure," Florence Kelley, 1905 105
5 "The Opportunity in the Law," Louis D. Brandeis, 1905 108
6 "The Dangers of Long Hours," From the Brandeis Brief. 1908 109
7 "Women Are Both Persons and Citizens," The Brief for Curt Muller, 1907 133
8 Muller v. Oregon (1908) 144
9 Bunting v. Oregon (1917) 150
10 A Living Wage in Oregon, Caroline J. Gleason, 1913 152
11 Adkins v. Children's Hospital (1923) 157
12 The Women's Movement in the Early 1920s 166
13 West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish (1937) 185
14 United States v. Darby (1941) 189
App. Chronology: Major Hours and Wages Cases, 1895-1941 190
App. In Search of Muller: Suggested Reading 192
Index 197
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