Monday, July 16, 2007
Hawkins on Free Expression's Pivotal Function in the Early Labor Movement
Posted by Mary L. Dudziak
Jim Hawkins, University of Texas, currently a judicial law clerk, has posted an article, Papers, Petitions, and Parades: Free Expression's Pivotal Function in the Early Labor Movement. It appeared recently in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. Here's the abstract: In this manuscript, I describe and analyze the important role free speech played in the early labor movement. Labor scholars widely acknowledge free speech's essential function in the labor movement, so it is not surprising that early labor extensively used expression. It is surprising, however, that this use of expression has gone unnoticed by constitutional historians. First Amendment scholarship has largely neglected the history of free speech before the Civil War, and recent attempts to recapture this history have focused solely on the abolition movement - leaving early labor speech truly forgotten in the history of free speech.