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Norwood explores how the early twentieth-century crisis of masculinity shaped strikebreaking's appeal to elite youth and the media's romanticization of the strikebreaker as a new soldier of fortune. He examines how mining communities' perception of mercenaries as agents of a ribald, sexually unrestrained, new urban culture intensified labor conflict. The book traces the ways in which economic restructuring, as well as shifting attitudes toward masculinity and anger, transformed corporate anti-unionism from World War II to the present.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Strikebreakers United States History 20th century, Strikes and lockouts United States History 20th century, Strikebreakers Recruiting United States History 20th century, Machismo United States History 20th century