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Class Struggle and the New Deal: Industrial Labor, by Rhonda F. Levine

By Rhonda F. Levine

During this reassessment of latest Deal policymaking, Rhonda Levine argues that the most important constraints upon and catalysts for FDR's guidelines have been rooted in school clash. Countering neo-Marxist and state-centred theories, which specialise in administrative and bureaucratic constructions, she contends that too little recognition has been paid to the impression of sophistication fight. Levine analyzes the stability of sophistication forces throughout the nice melancholy and the ways that they formed the formula, implementation and effects of federal guidelines.

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Not only were models standardized but also sizes, lengths, and thicknesses: the varie­ ties of paving brick were reduced from 66 to 4; of sheet metal, from 1,891 to 261; of range boilers, from 130 to 13; of invoice, inquiry, and purchase-order forms, from 4,500 to 3. During a period of ten years, the Depattment of Com­ merce could report that under its guidance, more than one hundred plans for 26 Chapter Two standardization had been adopted in as many industries and that the estimated annual saving to the manufacturers involved was $250 million.

Between 1860 and 1900 the industrial sector of the labor force grew much more rapidly than other sectors, particularly agriculture. Between 1867 and 1900 there was the growth and expansion not only of older industries but also of what have frequently been called newer industries. In manufacturing, steel played an important role. " Basic industry developed rapidly, especially in the period 1897 to 1919. D The growth in manufactur­ ing output coincided with the growth of manufacturing establishments.

However, rhe average houts per week for full-time workets differed from branch to branch of industry and differed between union­ ized labor and nonunionized labor, with unionized labor averaging less hours of work per week. The average hours worked per week declined in manufactur­ ing induSlties by roughly 5 houts between 1914 and 1928; rhe average was 50 hours by 1929. 4' As the volume of ptoduction and the output per worker increased during the fitst twO decades of the twentierh century, so, too, did the number of workers employed within the industrial sector; the percentage increase of industrial work­ ets from 1899 to 1919 was 103.

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