How Violence Killed an American Labor Union

Rutgers University Law Review, Vol. 67, No. 6, p. 1407 (2015)

72 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2018 Last revised: 11 Jun 2018

Date Written: January 5, 2015

Abstract

The article rejects the view that violence is a result in judicial decision-making. The paper shows that legal violence is an interpretive process involving a multitude of actors the effects of whose actions are experienced by vulnerable defendants throughout the judicial process like organized labor at the founding of the republic. The paper’s core contribution is its expansion of Robert Cover’s seminal work on judicial violence so as to incorporate lawsuits targeting vulnerable constituencies like organized labor.

Keywords: organized labor, labor, unions, violence, coercion, Robert Cover, criminal law, legal history, Pennsylvania, constitution, political economy, redemption

JEL Classification: K31, J59, K14, B19, K40

Suggested Citation

Rudolph, Duane, How Violence Killed an American Labor Union (January 5, 2015). Rutgers University Law Review, Vol. 67, No. 6, p. 1407 (2015), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2545588

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