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In the Shadow of Antitrust: Competition Policy and the Coal Trade of Toronto and Chicago, 1888-1940
This dissertation studies antitrust and “competition policy” as they operated in the Chicago and Toronto coal trades from the 1880s through the end of the 1930s. Competition policy refers to the state-imposed rules—statutes, ...
A New Deal Everyday: Civic Authority and Federal Policy in Chicago and Los Angeles,1930-1940
This dissertation is a comparative history of local politics in Chicago and Los Angeles during the Great Depression. The project shows how New Deal agencies such as the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, National ...
Building the Service Employees International Union: Janitors and Chicago Politics, 1911-1968
As one of the few expanding and politically powerful unions in the county, many have argued that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents the future of the American labor movement. However, few scholars ...
Down But Not Out: The Unemployed in Chicago during the Great Depression
The clearest and most powerful lens through which to view society is the Marxian lens of class conflict. In the dissertation I apply this lens to the study of the unemployed in Chicago during the Great Depression, specifically ...