Emily Zackin, a fourth year student in the Politics department, will seek feedback on her paper, "The American Positive Rights Tradition: Constitutionalizing Labor Rights in US States." Emily's paper examines the consequences and origins of the inclusion of labor rights in state constitutions. From the 1860s through the 1930s, many states incorporated labor protections into their constitutions, including regulations to promote the health, safety, and welfare of laborers, the establishment of an eight-hour workday, the right to unionize, and protection from private armed forces. It draws from both primary and secondary sources to describe the origins of labor rights in state constitutions and asks why the proponents of labor protections used constitutions. It sheds light on the consequences of these positive rights provisions by asking how their inclusion changed their political environment and conferred power on their bearers.
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