How Did Leaders of the National Consumers' League and Their Lawyers Keep the
Minimum Wage Alive from the Adkins Case to the Fair Labor Standards Act, 1923-1938?

Abstract

   Supreme Court rejection of a minimum wage for women workers in Adkins v. Children's Hospital (1923) threatened to derail the campaign for protective labor legislation that had surged in the Progressive Era. For the next fifteen years, the leaders and lawyers of the National Consumers' League strove to keep the minimum wage afloat. Their efforts in legislation, litigation, and advocacy led to the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and to the achievement of modern labor standards.

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