Mad as a Hatter: The Danbury Shakes

Here’s my essay, for Connecticuthistory.org, on the problem of mercury poisoning among hatters in Danbury, Connecticut:  http://connecticuthistory.org/ending-the-danbury-shakes-a-story-of-workers-rights-and-corporate-responsibility/

The Danbury Hatters case (Loewe v. Lawlor, 1908) was a staple in high school and college U.S. history textbooks throughout the twentieth century. But fewer and fewer college history textbooks including this landmark case. More’s the pity, given its importance in its application of antitrust laws to labor unions, workers’ power and personal liability, and the growth of the “corporation as individual” definition so many are now fighting.

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