Perspectives on Politics: Labor Pragmatism by Gregory P. Williams

Gregory P. Williams

PPSMarchAfter the Civil War came the age of factories, cities, and powerful business tycoons: Andrew Carnegie, Jay Gould, J. P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller. Conventionally, the Gilded Age is thought of as a time when technology and entrepreneurship outpaced workers’ demands for better wages, shorter hours, and safer conditions. It was followed, many say, by a new attitude that prevailed from the turn of the century until World War I. In this period, the Progressive Era, reformers reeled in runaway businesses. Leon Fink resists this characterization, though, and prefers to call the whole period the Long Gilded Age. In place of two discrete phases, the entire era was a battle over ideas in American capitalism and how those ideas became codified in laws and court rulings.

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Perspectives on Politics, Volume 14, Issue 01, March 2016, pp 145 – 146
Published online by Cambridge University Press 21 Mar 2016