Social History of Economic Decline: Business, Politics, and Work in Trenton

Social History of Economic Decline: Business, Politics, and Work in Trenton

by John T. Cumbler

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Overview

Nineteenth-century Trenton, New Jersey, was a booming commercial and manufacturing center for iron, rubber, steel cables, machine tools, and pottery. Trenton's golden age lasted until the 1920s, when many local industries were bought out by national companies. The story of the subsequent social, political, and economic decline of Trenton is also the story of twentieth-century urban America. John Cumbler analyzes the decline of Trenton in terms of the transition from civic capitalism to national capitalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813513744
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 09/01/1989
Series: Class and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tablesix
Prefacexi
1Introduction1
2The Golden Era: Civic Capitalism9
3Labor and Community27
4Politics: Struggle and Reform51
5Tarnishing of Gold69
6Civic Capitalism to National Capitalism: 1920-193093
7Depression, War, and Recovery: 1929-1949113
8Changing Work and Changing Workers139
9Grasping for Solutions159
10Trenton as America181
Appendix AThe Entrepreneurs193
Appendix BSkilled Workers197
Appendix CUnskilled Workers203
Notes205
Bibliography293
Index297

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