Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
This thesis explores the phenomenon of wildcat strikes during World War II in the United States, the raging public opinion about these wartime strikes, and the passage of the War Labor Disputes Act (popularly known as the Smith-Connally Act) of 1943. Broadly, this thesis examines the wellsprings of working-class anger and frustration which underscored the spontaneous wildcat strikes, the No-Strike Pledge, and the various factions within the public’s perception of these strikes. This thesis furthermore analyzes the congressional debate surrounding the SmithConnally Act and the American public’s reaction to the passage of this restrictive legislation. Finally, this thesis posits that the public opinion polls, which spurred the perception of a unified populace against labor unions, were skewed by clear anti-labor biases in the news media and loaded questions in these public opinion polls
McCloskey, Andrew Robert, "Seasons Past: Wildcat Strikes and the Smith-Connally Act During World War II" (2020). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 7539.