When Baseball Met Big Bill Haywood: The Battle for Manchester, New Hampshire, 1912-1916

When Baseball Met Big Bill Haywood: The Battle for Manchester, New Hampshire, 1912-1916

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In the early 20th century, immigration, labor unrest, social reforms and government regulations threatened the power of the country’s largest employers. The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company of Manchester, New Hampshire, remained successful by controlling its workforce, the local media, and local and state government. When a 1912 strike in nearby Lawrence, Massachusetts, threatened to bring the Industrial Workers of the World union to Manchester, the company sought to reassert its influence. Amoskeag worked to promote company pride and to Americanize its many foreign-born workers through benevolence programs, including a baseball club. Textile Field, the most advanced stadium in New England outside of Boston when it was built in 1913, was the centerpiece of this effort. Results were mixed—the company found itself at odds with social movements and new media outlets, and Textile Field became a magnet for conflict with all of professional baseball.

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ISBN-13: 9781476630915
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Scott C. Roper is a professor of geography at Castleton University. He specializes in North American cultural, historical, and ethnic geography and material-culture studies. Stephanie Abbot Roper is a senior instructor at Rivier University and an adjunct professor at Nashua Community College, where she teaches a variety of courses in U.S. history and cultural geography.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface: Why Textile Field? 1
Introduction: The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in an Age of Reform 9
 1. A City on Edge 19
 2. The Fight for Free Speech 27
 3. Finding a Voice 37
 4. Baseball Season at Last 48
 5. The World Series and a “Last-Ditch Bogey Man” 59
 6. Minor Leagues 65
 7. Problems of Government 77
 8. Textile Field 88
 9. The Rise of the Eighth Ward 99
10. Manchester and the Red Sox 110
11. “Textile Field hath been Assailed!” 121
12. Amoskeag’s Local Challenges 133
13. Rally Around the Flag 141
14. The End of Big Games 154
15. Amoskeag and the Federal League 167
16. Frank Knox’s Manchester 178
17. The Demise of the Textiles 188
Epilogue: The Great Strike of 1922 199
Conclusion: Textile Field and the Progressive Movement in Manchester 209
Chapter Notes 215
Bibliography 232
Index 237

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