Award Date

1-1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Number of Pages

76

Abstract

During the so-called "Progressive Era," the State of Nevada influenced the consciousness of workers by rewarding proper thinking with access to state power and punishing improper thinking with criminal sanctions. Nevada Governor Emmet D. Boyle fostered a relationship with the state's prominent trade unionists that promoted Progressive notions of industrial cooperation. Legislation that created the Office of Labor Commissioner in 1915 secured this Progressive consensus between the State and trade unions in Nevada. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) threatened this relationship however by introducing throughout Nevada's mining districts a radical, "class conscious" critique of capitalist relations. In response to this ideological challenge, trade unionists in Nevada supported passage of the Criminal Syndicalism Act in 1919. With the subsequent demise of the IWW, a hegemonic Progressive ideology in Nevada served to further conceal from organized labor the exploitive nature of capitalist relations.

Keywords

Capitalist; Coercion; Consent Ideology; Nevada; Preserved; Progressivism; Relations

Controlled Subject

United States; History

File Format

pdf

File Size

2037.76 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/e73s-l93q


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