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Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932

The Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932 was the first “prounion” U.S. labor legislation. Previously, the legislative climate had not produced any encouragement of employee unionism. Furthermore, the judiciary had exhibited a pronounced negative reaction to union activity. The act was clearly a turning point in U.S. policy development and was quite unusual to have been passed in a period of national economic depression, and with both a Republican president and Congress.

Nature of the Courts in the Early 20th Century

In retrospect, judges tended to come from the ranks of attorneys. Prior to being appointed or elected to judgeships, these attorneys often had served the needs of the business community. Critics have argued that many judges owed their new positions to the business community since only persons who ...

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