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Evenings with History Presents “The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions in the 1940s”

March 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Professor Charles Romney presents “The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions in the 1940s”Progressive unions flourished in the 1930s by working alongside federal agencies created during the New Deal. Yet in 1950, few progressive unions remained. Why? Most scholars point to domestic anti-communism and southern conservatives in Congress as the forces that diminished the New Deal state, eliminated progressive unions, and destroyed the radical potential of American liberalism. Dr. Romney, in this talk, explores the reasons why historians have focused on progressive unions in the 1930s and 1940s and explains the existing interpretations of their decline. He also provides a new answer to this scholarly question, arguing that anti-communism and congressional conservatism merely intensified the main reason for the decline of progressive unions: the New Deal state’s focus on legal procedure.
Ticket Prices: $50 Individual Subscription, $90 Joint Subscription, $250 Fellow of the Insinuate, $1000 Life Member

Lectures are free to UALR undergraduate and graduate students.


March 1, 2016
7:00 pm
$50 – $1000


Historic Arkansas Museum
200 E. Third Street
Little Rock, AR 72201 United States
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