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Commonwealth V. Hunt, Walter Nelles Jan 1932

Commonwealth V. Hunt, Walter Nelles

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This article will survey a landmark of American labor law. It will
be prefaced by a short recapitulation of general views which have been
developed at length in another article.'
The handful of American labor cases before 1850 are striking illustrations
of the nature of some law as an index of social direction-an
index less like a compass showing direction in relation to some fixed
lodestar of human harmony than like a weather-vane-harder to read,
however, since the true direction of the wind it swings to is not always
clear. Each of the cases showed a complex force resulting from ...


The First American Labor Case, Walter Nelles Jan 1931

The First American Labor Case, Walter Nelles

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THE yeast which was to raise the labor injunction was working
vigorously in 1877.1 But some of its earlier ferments are also
informing to the student of the subsequent product. Before 1877
there had not, in this country, been many instances of resort to
the courts in labor troubles.2 To contemporary observation they
may have seemed to affect the lives and fortunes of employers
and workmen only locally and for brief periods. But their
existence as history has had effect upon modern law. The chemistry
of the forces which pressed upon the courts in labor cases--
hopes, desires ...