The Industrialists : How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism / Jennifer A. Delton.
- Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 
- Politics and Society in Modern America ; 138
1 online resource (358 pages) : 10 b/w illustrations 1 table.
- Capitalism -- United States -- History.
Manufacturing industries -- United States -- History.
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- In English.
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- The first complete history of US industry's most influential and controversial lobbyistFounded in 1895, the National Association of Manufacturers-NAM-helped make manufacturing the basis of the US economy and a major source of jobs in the twentieth century. The Industrialists traces the history of the advocacy group from its origins to today, examining its role in shaping modern capitalism, while also highlighting the many tensions and contradictions within the organization that sometimes hampered its mission.In this compelling book, Jennifer Delton argues that NAM-an organization best known for fighting unions, promoting "free enterprise," and defending corporate interests-was also surprisingly progressive. She shows how it encouraged companies to adopt innovations such as safety standards, workers' comp, and affirmative action, and worked with the US government and international organizations to promote the free exchange of goods and services across national borders. While NAM's modernizing and globalizing activities helped to make American industry the most profitable and productive in the world by midcentury, they also eventually led to deindustrialization, plant closings, and the decline of manufacturing jobs.Taking readers from the Progressive Era and the New Deal to the Reagan Revolution and the Trump presidency, The Industrialists is the story of a powerful organization that fought US manufacturing's political battles, created its economic infrastructure, and expanded its global markets-only to contribute to the widespread collapse of US manufacturing by the close of the twentieth century.
1. Improving Industry
2. Expanding Trade
3. Fighting Unions
4. Managing Labor
5. New Deal Blues and Global Boons
6. The Road to Taft-Hartley
7. Trade, Tariffs, and the Postwar Economic Order
8. Conservatives vs. Managers
9. A Changing Workforce
10. Deindustrialization and the Global Imperative
11. Nadir: The Reagan Era
12. Back on Track?
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 15. Sep 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9780691203324 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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