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The work ethic in industrial America : 1850-1920

Author: Daniel T Rodgers
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Overview: 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 America's 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel T Rodgers
ISBN: 9780226136233 022613623X
OCLC Number: 889855306
Description: xxiii, 300 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface to the second edition --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Work ideals and the industrial invasion --
Hireling laborers --
Mechanicalized men --
Play, repose, and plenty --
Splinterings: fables for boys --
Sons of toil: industrial workers and their labor --
Idle womanhood: feminist versions of the work ethic --
Political uses of work rhetoric --
Epilogue: Charles W Eliot and the quest for joyful labor --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Daniel T. Rodgers.

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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  Read more...

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