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Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States by Andrew Kolin

Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States by Andrew Kolin B o o k R e v i e w s        10 9 Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States Andrew Kolin New York: Lexington, xxxv +  pp., $ . (cloth); $ �.� (e-book) Political Scientist Andrew Kolin has written the ‡rst general study of US repression in more than two decades. He follows scholars like Robert Justin Goldstein and the late Patricia Cayo Sexton, authors of Political Repression in Modern America from to ( •) and The War on Labor and the Left: Understanding America’s Unique Conserva- tism (  ), respectively. With respect to periodization, Kolin casts a wider net than these authors, starting in the colonial period and concluding in the Obama years. Many of the topics he covers—Bacon’s Rebellion, the Stamp Act, Shays’s Rebellion, court-granted injunctions against numerous nineteenth-century strikes, the employer-led open-shop movement, the repression of political radicals during and following both world wars, the House Un-American Activities Committee’s cruel actions, business’s relentless neoliberal assaults from the •s on—should be familiar to readers of this journal. Indeed, the book is mostly a synthesis of previous scholarship. Like earlier writers, Kolin reminds us of the various forces historically arrayed against http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Labor Duke University Press

Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States by Andrew Kolin

Labor , Volume 15 (1) – Mar 1, 2018

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Copyright © 2018 Labor and Working-Class History Association
ISSN
1547-6715
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1558-1454
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10.1215/15476715-4288746
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B o o k R e v i e w s        10 9 Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States Andrew Kolin New York: Lexington, xxxv +  pp., $ . (cloth); $ �.� (e-book) Political Scientist Andrew Kolin has written the ‡rst general study of US repression in more than two decades. He follows scholars like Robert Justin Goldstein and the late Patricia Cayo Sexton, authors of Political Repression in Modern America from to ( •) and The War on Labor and the Left: Understanding America’s Unique Conserva- tism (  ), respectively. With respect to periodization, Kolin casts a wider net than these authors, starting in the colonial period and concluding in the Obama years. Many of the topics he covers—Bacon’s Rebellion, the Stamp Act, Shays’s Rebellion, court-granted injunctions against numerous nineteenth-century strikes, the employer-led open-shop movement, the repression of political radicals during and following both world wars, the House Un-American Activities Committee’s cruel actions, business’s relentless neoliberal assaults from the •s on—should be familiar to readers of this journal. Indeed, the book is mostly a synthesis of previous scholarship. Like earlier writers, Kolin reminds us of the various forces historically arrayed against

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Published: Mar 1, 2018

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