Triumphant Capitalism: Henry Clay Frick and the Industrial Transformation of America

Triumphant Capitalism: Henry Clay Frick and the Industrial Transformation of America

by Kenneth Warren
     
 

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Best remembered today for his fierce opposition to labor, especially during the Homestead Strike of 1892, Henry Clay Frick was also one of the most powerful and innovative industrialists of the nineteenth century. Kenneth Warren is the first historian to be given unrestricted access to the extensive Frick archives in Pittsburgh. Drawing on Frick's personal and… See more details below

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Best remembered today for his fierce opposition to labor, especially during the Homestead Strike of 1892, Henry Clay Frick was also one of the most powerful and innovative industrialists of the nineteenth century. Kenneth Warren is the first historian to be given unrestricted access to the extensive Frick archives in Pittsburgh. Drawing on Frick's personal and business papers, as well as the records of the H. C. Frick Coal & Coke Company, the Carnegie Steel Company, and the U.S. Steel Corporation, Warren provides a wealth of new insights into Frick's relationship with such contemporaries as Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, Charles Schwab, and Elbert Gary. He describes and analyzes the key decisions that formed labor and industrial policy in the iron and steel industry during a period of growth that remains unparalleled in American business history. Not only an industrial biography of a driving force in American industry and the organization of American business, Triumphant Capitalism makes a major contribution to our understanding of the history of the basic industries, the shaping of society, locality, and region - and thereby of laying the foundations for the value systems and landscapes of present-day America.

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Library Journal
Henry Clay Frick parlayed his success in the coke industry into a leading role for himself in America's expanding steel industry at the close of the 19th century. He was a close associate of Andrew Carnegie and was often depicted as the "bad cop" to Carnegie's "good cop" during the era's labor struggles, notably the Homestead Strike of 1892. Warren, an Oxford don, calls this work an "industrial biography," a kind of life-and-times book with a business focus. It is almost impossible to write a readable book about the financial involutions of the steel industry, and Warren does not overcome the difficulties. Though his arid work will attract few general readers, its research value makes it welcome in academic libraries with interests in industrial and Pennsylvania history.Fritz Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond
Booknews
A career biography of the anti-labor industrialist, drawing on personal and business papers from the previously restricted Frick archives in Pittsburgh. Analyzes key decisions that formed labor and industrial policy in the iron and steel industry, and provides insights into Frick's relationships with contemporaries including Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, and Elbert Gary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“Warren provides a detailed chronological account of the business career of Henry Clay Frick, one of the leading entrepreneurs in American heavy industry during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. . . . This is a useful and thorough study which will be a helpful source for business historians and there is much to be gleaned about the changing nature of the coal, iron and steel trades.”
--Business History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822938897
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
426
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.39(d)

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