Rise and Fall of American Unions

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Rise and Fall of American Unions Unions expanded in late 19th century despite violent conflict Unions shrank during the Roaring Twenties Changes to labor laws during the Great Depression led to rapid union growth Unions fell into decline after 1950s Unions rose to nationwide prominence in America after the Civil War as employees joined together to have a collective voice in dealing with employers. Employers worked just as hard to slow the growth of unions, making the late nineteenth century a time of fierce and often bloody labor conflict. At first, the government tended to side with the businessmen, frequently using court orders or even federal troops to shut down strikes. By the time World War I rolled around, however, unions won important legal rights and began growing noticeably. In the 1920s , however, organized labor fell into decline as the nation basked in widespread prosperity and unions no longer seemed so necessary. The Great Depression of the 1930s changed the equation once again, as unions found a friend in President Roosevelt and changes in federal labor laws made it easier for unions to organize most of the large American industries. The proportion of American workers belonging to unions skyrocketed to unprecedented levels.
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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