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Bloodless Victories

The Rise and Fall of the Open Shop in the Philadelphia Metal Trades, 1890-1940



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Bloodless Victories by Howell John Harris
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This book, first published in 2000, examines how a group of manufacturers of metal products - 'everything from buttonhooks to battleships' - in America's third biggest city helped each other to meet the challenges of organized labour (and sometimes an interventionist state) in the half-century between the 'second industrial revolution' and the Second World War. After thirty years of success, the employers were finally overwhelmed by a resurgent labour movement backed by New Deal politicians and administrators. Their story offers the broadest and most detailed account available of the industrial relations problems and policies of small and mid-sized firms in this period. This book analyses labour issues by means of a careful local case study, but its conclusions about the interplay of labour, organized capital, law and the state in determining the fate of workers' rights and employers' interests have broad relevance to the history and politics of twentieth-century industrial relations.
Release date NZ
November 2nd, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
22 b/w illus. 11 tables
Cambridge University Press
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