"Beyond The Plant Gates": Postwar Labor And The Organizational Substructure Of Liberalism

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Executive Summary

One of the most venerable chestnuts in American political development is the question of why no socialism in America, sometimes cast as the question of why American labor has appeared so politically conservative and workplace oriented compared to its European counterparts. The array of answers is well-known: the American working class inevitably developed middle class values because "America was born liberal;" American workers grew fat and complacent on "Roast beef and apple pie;" ruthless business leaders used the power of the state to crush radical labor organizations; it is impossible to sustain labor solidarity with such a racially and ethnically diverse labor force.

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