Master of Arts (MA)
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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.
Capitalist; Coercion; Consent Ideology; Nevada; Preserved; Progressivism; Relations
United States; History
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Barber, Daniel Mark, "Consent and coercion: How the ideology of progressivism preserved capitalist relations in Nevada, 1900-1919" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3266.