join us on facebook
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

From Blackjacks To Briefcases History Of Commercialized Strikebreaking by Robert Michael Smith, Scott Molloy

From Blackjacks To Briefcases History Of Commercialized Strikebreaking



From Blackjacks To Briefcases History Of Commercialized Strikebreaking by Robert Michael Smith, Scott Molloy

FROM the beginning of the Industrial Age and continuing into the twenty-first century, companies faced with militant workers and organizers have often turned to agencies that specialized in ending strikes and breaking unions. Although their secretive nature has made it difficult to fully explore the history of this industry, From Blackjacks to Briefcases does just that. By digging through subpoenaed documents of strike-bound companies, their mercenaries, and the testimony of executive officers and rank-and-file strike-breakers, Robert Smith examines the inner workings of the antiunion industry. In a clear and lively style, he brings to life the violent armed guards employed on the picket line or in the coal camps; the ruffians who filled the armies marshaled by the King of the Strike-breakers, Pearl Bergoff; the labor spies who wrecked countless unions; and, after the Wagner Act, those who manipulated national labor law to serve their clients. In From Blackjacks to Briefcases, Smith follows the history of this ongoing struggle and tells a compelling story that parallels the history of the United States over the last century and a half.


This work will become the convenient handbook for the distasteful but necessary look at the rearguard tactics that still too often shape American labor-management relations. - Scott Molloy, Labor Research Center, University of Rhode Island

About the Author

Robert Michael Smith is the author of a number of articles on labor relations and the progressive movement. He is a professor of history at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2003


Robert Michael Smith, Scott Molloy

More books by Robert Michael Smith, Scott Molloy
Author 'Like for Like'


Ohio University Press


192 pages


History: specific events & topics

Sociology: work & labour



It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

Lovereading has all the new books and also suggestions for 'similar' authors whilst waiting for your favourites new books.

Carol Peace

If you LOVE reading then you will love LOVEREADING! It's a 'novel' idea. Seriously though I could not recommend them enough.

Rebecca Whymark

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis