By Landon R. Y. Storrs
Landon Storrs examines the recent Deal period of the nationwide shoppers' League, the most influential reform businesses of the early 20th century. Her e-book bargains clean insights into the heritage of work coverage, the hot Deal, feminism, and southern politics.
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This drive to crack the South’s separate market of low-cost labor was one of the NCL’s most important initiatives in the 1930s. In addition to analyzing the changing strategies and priorities of a group of extraordinary individuals, this book reconstructs the history of a specific public policy. In the 1930s wage-hour regulation was transformed from a state-level policy that affected women alone to a national policy extending to men and women alike. The NCL played a critical and hitherto unappreciated role in this transition.
League activists thought their program would offer immediate relief to the unorganized and also make it easier for them to form unions. ”1 Years later, Paul Kellogg, editor of the eminent reform journal Survey, saw this division of labor in gendered terms rather than generational ones. 2 Paul Kellogg’s perspective was shared by several generations of women reformers, including a cohort that would help carve out the New Deal. In choosing Kelley’s successor, Consumers’ League officials never considered hiring a man.
The prewar climate of political tolerance evaporated after the Russian Revolution and a wave of official crackdowns on radicals. Red-baiting by [Page 18] “patriotic” groups taxed Kelley’s patience and energies. S. Senate as “part of the Engels-Kelley program . . 18 The intense loyalty that Kelley inspired in several generations of league members suggests that they endorsed her objectives and methods, whether or not they fully embraced her socialist analysis. In the 1920s Kelley’s radical associations probably reduced the pool of people willing to support the league.
Civilizing capitalism : the National Consumers' League, women's activism, and labor standards in the New Deal era by Landon R. Y. Storrs