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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Liberty of Contract vs. Popular Will: The Long Struggle for the 40-Hour Workweek

Many Americans take for granted the idea of the forty hour workweek or the eight hour workday yet we have all heard tales of those who toiled long hours under terrible conditions. This paper addresses the long journey the States and the United States took from laissez-faire interpretations of the Constitution by the Supreme Court in the early years of the Twentieth Century to the Great Depression and the implementation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Presenter: Matthew Wood (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)