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Shadow of the racketeer : scandal in organized labor

Author: David Scott Witwer
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2009.
Series: Working class in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats

A detailed account of labor corruption in the 1930s and the zealous journalist who railed against it


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Genre/Form: Biographie
Named Person: J Westbrook Pegler; J Westbrook Pegler; James Westbrook Pegler; James Westbrook Pegler
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Scott Witwer
ISBN: 9780252034176 0252034171 9780252076664 0252076664
OCLC Number: 244177198
Notes: "Portions of this book appeared in a different form as "The Case of the Two Percent Assessment and the Question of Union Susceptibility," Trends in Organized Crime 9, no. 4 (2006): 102-126; as "Westbrook Pegler and the Anti-Union Movement," Journal of American History 92, no. 2 (2005): 527-52. (Copyright (c) Organization of American Historians . Reprinted with permission.); portions of chapter 5 appeared in a different form as "The Scandal of George Scalise: A Case Study in the Rise of Labor Racketeering in the 1930s," Journal of Social History 36, no. 4 (2003): 917-40; and portions of the conclusion appeard in a different form as "The Racketeer Menace and Anti-unionism in the Mid-Twentieth Century U.S.," International Labor and Working-Class History 74 (Fall 2008)"--Title page verso.
Description: vii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: The columnist : a crusading journalist --
The outfit : organized crime and labor racketeering --
Browne, Bioff, and Scalise : the dynamics of union corruption --
The Hollywood case : racketeering in the 1930s from a business perspective --
Union members and corruption : exploitation and disillusionment --
Union members and corruption : the potential for reform --
The newsmen : "molders of public opinion" --
The scandal's political impact : Pegler and antiunionism --
"Labor must clean house": the challenge of responding to Pegler --
Conclusion : opportunities lost and opportunities taken.
Series Title: Working class in American history.
Responsibility: David Witwer.
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"An engaging and illuminating work on a crucial episode in the development of the image of organized labor in the U.S."--EH.Net "Through creative use of FBI and court records, Witwer carefully peels Read more...

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