Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Frederick W. Adrian


The purpose of this thesis is to show how labors right to organize was affected by the legislation passed during the New Deal period...The history of the labor movement is long and complex. To trace briefly the history of the movement with all its problems and intricacies would reveal nothing new or significant. Consequently the historical background recorded in this chapter will be confined to only the most significant problems which have faced the American workingman in his attempts at unionization. These problems were, to be more precise, the overcoming of legal and economic obstacles which prevented the laboring man from organizing into trade unions for the purpose of collective bargaining. Historically bonafide labor unions have been organized by men who wanted to improve their working conditions, their pay, or otherwise change their relationship with their employer through the process of collective bargaining. The history of the labor movement has been a study of methods used by unions and the attitudes that society has taken towards these methods as reflected by statutory and common law.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of History University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1961, Paul Frederick Motzkus

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