Jeremiah Home Case Study

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This case centers around the legality of early labor unions. Jeremiah Home, a member of the Boston Society of Journeymen Bootmakers, refused to pay a fine for violating the group's rules in 1839. The society persuaded Home's employer to fire him because of this. As a result, Home brought charges of criminal conspiracy against the society. Seven leaders of the society were arrested and tried for "unlawfully ... designing and intending to continue, keep, form and unite themselves into a club..., and make unlawful by-laws, rules and orders among themselves and other workmen." Even though they weren't accuse of violence or malicious intent against the business in question, their by-laws were used against them and it was argued that their organization

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