From Blackjacks to Briefcases

From Blackjacks to Briefcases

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Overview

From the beginning of the Industrial Age and continuing into the twenty-first century, companies faced with militant workers and organizers have often turned to agencies that specialized in ending strikes and breaking unions. Although their secretive nature has made it difficult to fully explore the history of this industry, From Blackjacks to Briefcases does just that.

By digging through subpoenaed documents of strike-bound companies, their mercenaries, and the testimony of executive officers and rank-and-file strikebreakers, Robert Smith examines the inner workings of the antiunion industry. In a clear and lively style, he brings to life the violent armed guards employed on the picket line or in the coal camps; the ruffians who filled the armies marshaled by the “King of the Strikebreakers,” Pearl Bergoff; the labor spies who wrecked countless unions; and, after the Wagner Act, those who manipulated national labor law to serve their clients.

In From Blackjacks to Briefcases, Smith follows the history of this ongoing struggle and tells a compelling story that parallels the history of the United States over the last century and a half.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821414668
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 784,209
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Michael Smith is the author of a number of articles on labor relations and the progressive movement. He is a professor of history at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Forewordxi
Introductionxiii
1The Business Community's Mercenaries: The Era of Privately Paid Police3
2Armies of Strikebreakers for Hire39
3Spies, Propagandists, Missionaries, and Hookers: The Era of Industrial Espionage75
4The Unionbusting Industry since the Wagner Act97
Epilogue119
Notes131
Bibliography157
Index173

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