The McNamara Case: Some Economic and Social Implications

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economics, McNamara trial, society, early twentieth century United States, labor, labor unions


Economics | Labor Economics | Social History | United States History | Work, Economy and Organizations


The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, to present a unified account of the various phases of the case, and second, to recreate the mood of the era in which the case took place.

Many authors have covered various phases of the case, but there is no published work which comprehensively covers the four basic phases: the events leading to the explosion of the Times building, the tracking down and arrest of the dynamiters by William J. Burns, the proceedings of the McNamera Trial, and finally, the reactions to and results of this trial's unusual conclusion. Indeed, one of these phases, the events of the trial, has been generally ignored by most authors, who summarily handle it in only a few paragraphs. The trial itself is particularly important, since the problems which came up during the proceedings reflect many aspects of the entire case.

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