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Railroading Prior to World War I

Jon R. Huibregtse

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

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034652
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038544 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034652.003.0002
Railroading Prior to World War I

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This chapter summarizes briefly the history of the railroad industry and its unions from the middle of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. The chapter argues that the united and well-organized union forces within the rail industry effectively moved within the precincts of American politics. As a result, they achieved legislative gains that transcended their own particular interests. In the period between World War I and the New Deal, organized railroad labor was to play a far more active role in shaping legislation. Pre-World War I attempts to regulate railroad labor, however, were important, because together they established the government's central role in maintaining labor peace.

Keywords: World War I; New Deal policies; railroad labor; labor peace; American politics

Chapter.  4531 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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