Political Scientist Andrew Kolin has written the first general study of US repression in more than two decades. He follows scholars like Robert Justin Goldstein and the late Patricia Cayo Sexton, authors of Political Repression in Modern America from 1870 to 1976 (1978) and The War on Labor and the Left: Understanding America’s Unique Conservatism (1991), respectively. With respect to periodization, Kolin casts a wider net than these authors, starting in the colonial period and concluding in the Obama years. Many of the topics he covers—Bacon’s Rebellion, the Stamp Act, Shays’s Rebellion, court-granted injunctions against numerous nineteenth-century strikes, the employer-led open-shop movement, the repression of political radicals during and following both world wars, the House Un-American Activities Committee’s cruel actions, business’s relentless neoliberal assaults from the 1970s on—should be familiar to readers of this journal. Indeed, the book is mostly a...

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