Labor legislation and the new deal : the origins and significance of the Wagner Act

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1978

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On July 5, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the National Labor Relations (Wagner) Act. Most observers at the time felt that the Wagner Act was perhaps the most radical piece of legislation to be passed during the New Deal. Since its passage, most New Deal and labor historians have extended this view by treating the Wagner Act as a measure which radically transformed the government's role in overseeing the relations between labor and management. [...]

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