2012
Alumni (National Fellow)

Jack Epstein

National Fellow
Degrees:
Ph.D. Ohio University (2012)
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Education
Labor
Legal History

Thesis Description:

Behind the Menancing Racket: Organized Labor, Federal Anti-Racketeering Policy, and the Law and Order Origins of the Modern American State, 1927-1970
Jack Epstein’s dissertation, “Behind the Menancing Racket: Organized Labor, Federal Anti-Racketeering Policy, and the Law and Order Origins of the Modern American State, 1927-1970,” promises to recast the history of the New Deal state and its policy and political legacies by exploring the emergence of federal racketeering laws. Conservatives up to the 1970’s, he contends, used these mechanisms to undermine the New Deal state by fostering competition and resisting federal intervention in labor markets. Epstein’s project challenges traditional assumptions about the development of political ideologies.

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