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Union by Law: Filipino American Labor Activists, Rights Radicalism, and Racial Capitalism

Michael W. McCann and George I. Lovell


Union by Law develops a theoretically sophisticated analysis about the contradictory power of law through a historical study of Filipino American labor rights activists. Beginning with the US invasion of the Philippines in 1898, the study tracks the experiences of Filipino migrant workers struggling for democratic egalitarian transformation in both the Philippine homeland and the US metropole over nearly a century. The narrative history builds on four core themes. First, the analysis situates the Filipino workers’ struggles within the hierarchical context of American “racial capitalist” empire ... More

Keywords: legal mobilization, rights consciousness, racial capitalism, repressive law, empire, labor union, hierarchy, colonial, violence, Wards Cove v Atonio

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226679877
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226680071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael W. McCann, author
University of Washington

George I. Lovell, author
University of Washington