Farm and Factory

Farm and Factory

Workers in the Midwest 1880–1990
Nelson, Daniel
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/22/1995
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-32883-0
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Nelson... [is] one of the country’s leading labor scholars.... [His] work provides an invaluable... guide to understanding a critical region...." —Ohio History

... I learned quite a lot from reading Farm and Factory, and this will certainly be the case for all who pick up this valuable and informative book." —Minnesota History

... a valuable source for anyone concerned with regional and national tendencies in labor relations and ecomomic change over the last century." —American Political Science Review

... a useful and well written synthesis of labor history in the Midwest in the period between 1880 and 1990." —Labor History

... Nelson’s work is most impressive in both its scope and depth.... a long-overdue study of the Midwest as a region distinct and important in the history of American labor." —Northwest Ohio Quarterly

... a richly textured and much needed regional overview." —Journal of the West

... a well written synthesis useful for classroom assignment in regional and social history. It is also a good starting point for a discussion of the future of the midwestern economy." —Wisconsin Magazine of History

... a work of superior scholarship [that] makes an original and important contribution to the field." —Nancy Gabin

…A useful source for the demographic and economic dynamics of the Midwest and a good starting point for entering the voluminous secondary literature on the nation’s heartland." —The Journal of American History

... it provides an insightful, wide-ranging look at work and workers in the Midwest. It will certainly be a basic resource on regional history for years to come, as well as a book that adds to our broader understanding of the nation’s labor and economic history." —Indiana Magazine of History

Solidly researched and eloquently written, Nelson’s work will long occupy well-deserved status as a redefinition of traditional midwestern history." —Illinois Historical Journal

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Author Bio

DANIEL NELSON is Professor of History at the University of Akron. He is the author of American Rubber Workers and Organized Labor, 1900–1941 and Managers and Workers: Origins of the New Factory System in the United States, 1880–1920.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Midwestern Workers at the End of the Nineteenth Century
1. Midwestern Farmers, 1880–1900
2. Industrial Workers, 1880–1900
3. White Collar Workers, 1880–1900

Part II: Workers in a New Economy, 1900–1930
4. Revolutions in Production and Work, 1900–1930
5. Urban Workers in a Revolutionary Era, 1900–1930

Part III: Government and Labor in the Midwest, 1930–53
6. A New Deal for Midwestern Workers, 1930–1939
7. Change and Continuity, 1939–1953

Part IV: Decline and Rebirth of the Midwest
8. End of an Era, 1953–1983
9. Afterword: Work and Workers in the 1980’s