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Louis Hyman is an excellent historian of capitalism, who wrote this book on temporary work, among other books. His op-ed today reminds us that while we focus on the New Deal’s direct employment and labor law programs, (largely because they can serve a more socialist function in our public memory) that there’s a ton of […]
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The New New Deal

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On May 17, 2020
Lizabeth Cohen is one of our most prominent historians of the mid-20th century. Now that we are in the early stages of what looks like the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we are hearing a lot more about the New Deal. We were before this too, with the Green New Deal. But it’s […]
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On July 28, 1933, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins gave a speech in Homestead, Pennsylvania. When the town’s political leaders discovered she wanted to speak to workers outside the designated hall, they refused to allow her to speak. She then marched to the Homestead Post Office, which was federal property, and gave the speech from […]
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Above: Elsie Parrish On March 29, 1937, the Supreme Court decided the case of West Coast Hotel Company v. Parrish. This 5-4 decision upheld Washington’s minimum wage law for women as constitutional, arguing that it was not a violation of free contract doctrine because the state had an interest in protecting women’s health and ensuring […]
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