The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right

by Sophia Z. Lee

Series: Studies in Legal History

Today, most Americans lack constitutional rights on the job. Instead of enjoying free speech or privacy, they can be fired for almost any reason or no reason at all. This book uses history to explain why. It takes readers back to the 1930s and 1940s when advocates across the political spectrum - labor leaders, civil rights advocates and conservatives opposed to government regulation - set out to enshrine constitutional rights in the workplace. The book tells their interlocking stories of fighting for constitutional protections for American workers, recovers their surprising successes, explains their ultimate failure, and helps readers assess this outcome.

  • Cambridge University Press; October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781316056455
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  • Title: The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right
  • Series: Studies in Legal History
  • Author: Sophia Z. Lee
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right is both ambitious and important - it moves across time and among a variety of individuals, organizations, and government entities, and it utilizes a wide range of archival material - all of keen interest to historians, legal scholars, and political scientists alike. Lee's formidable intelligence gives us new insights, as well as historical and historiographical surprises.' Risa L. Goluboff, John Allan Love Professor of Law and Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia