From the courts to the state legislatures: social justice feminism, labor legislation, and the 1920s

  title={From the courts to the state legislatures: social justice feminism, labor legislation, and the 1920s},
  author={John McGuire},
  journal={Labor History},
  pages={225 - 246}
The Progressive Era, a period of important social and political activism which stretched from 1890 through the end of World War I, now offers a rich, diverse historiography. In contrast, the 1920s suffer from a surfeit of analysis. Most historians consider the decade a dull, conformist period. The comment of William H. Chafe seems typical. ‘The Adkins [v. Children’s Hospital] decision,’ he stated in 1972, ‘thoroughly demoralized reform groups because it removed the principal grounds on which… 
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