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The Genesis of Industrial America, 1870-1920 (Cambridge Essential Histories)

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The phrase “a strong work ethic” conjures images of hard-driving employees working diligently for long hours. But where did this ideal come from, and how has it been buffeted by changes in work itself? While seemingly rooted in Americas Puritan heritage, perceptions of work ethic have actually undergone multiple transformations over the centuries. And few eras saw a more radical shift in labor ideology than the American industrial age.

Daniel T. Rodgers masterfully explores the ways in which the eclipse of small-scale workshops by mechanized production and mass consumption triggered far-reaching shifts in perceptions of labor, leisure, and personal success.  He also shows how the new work culture permeated society, including literature, politics, the emerging feminist movement, and the labor movement.

A staple of courses in the history of American labor and industrial society, Rodgerss sharp analysis is sure to find a new audience, as twenty-first-century workers face another shift brought about by technology. The Work Ethic in Industrial America 1850–1920 is a classic with critical relevance in todays volatile economic times.

Synopsis:

This book offers a bold new interpretation of American business history during the formative years 1870 1920, which mark the dawn of modern big business. It focuses on four major revolutions that ushered in this new era: those in power, transportation, communication, and organization. Using the metaphor of America as an economic hothouse uniquely suited to rapid economic growth during these years, it analyzes the interplay of key factors such as entrepreneurial talent, technology, land, natural resources, law, mass markets, and the rise of cities. It also delineates the process that laid the foundation for the modern era, in which virtually every human activity became a business, and, in most cases, a big business. The book also profiles numerous major entrepreneurs whose careers and activities illustrate broader trends and themes. It utilizes a wide variety of sources, including novels from the period, to produce a lively narrative.

About the Author

Daniel T. Rodgers

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Work Ideals and the Industrial Invasion

2. Hireling Laborer

3. “Mechanicalized” Men

4. Play, Repose, and Plenty

5. Splinterings: Fables for Boys

6. Sons of Toil: Industrial Workers and Their Labor

7. Idle Womanhood: Feminist Versions of the Work Ethic

8. The Political Uses of Work Rhetoric

Epilogue: Charles W. Eliot and the Quest for Joyful Labor

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521677097
Author:
Klein, Maury
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Rodgers, Daniel T.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Gilded Age
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
History
Subject:
Industrial revolution
Subject:
United States - Economic conditions - 1865-
Subject:
Industrial revolution -- United States.
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Series:
Cambridge Essential Histories
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 in

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"Synopsis" by , This book offers a bold new interpretation of American business history during the formative years 1870 1920, which mark the dawn of modern big business. It focuses on four major revolutions that ushered in this new era: those in power, transportation, communication, and organization. Using the metaphor of America as an economic hothouse uniquely suited to rapid economic growth during these years, it analyzes the interplay of key factors such as entrepreneurial talent, technology, land, natural resources, law, mass markets, and the rise of cities. It also delineates the process that laid the foundation for the modern era, in which virtually every human activity became a business, and, in most cases, a big business. The book also profiles numerous major entrepreneurs whose careers and activities illustrate broader trends and themes. It utilizes a wide variety of sources, including novels from the period, to produce a lively narrative.
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