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Life in the Shadows of the Crystal Palace 1910–1927
Ford Workers in the Model T Era
Clarence Hooker

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Henry Ford’s first large-scale automotive plant—the Crystal Palace—transformed the sleepy village of Highland Park, Michigan, into an industrial boomtown that later became an urban ghetto. It was also the first American city to depend entirely on the employment and production policies of the automotive industry. Attempting to create a workforce in his own likeness, Henry Ford used “scientific management” to redefine the relations between labor and management. This labor model became the basis for Ford Motor Company’s attempts to manage the quality of life of people who worked in the factory, and those who lived in its shadows.

Life in the Shadows provides a nuanced examination of the history of American workers. Hooker makes an important contribution to the field of modern industrial production and the pioneers who introduced mass production facilities that shaped local communities and a national industry..

Clarence Hooker is associate professor in the Department of Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University.

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Cover of book is light blue with a navy blue image of a factory.

Published in 1997
LC: 96-037556 HD
218 pp.  6 x 9
5 b/w photos, 19 figs., 2 maps
Paper $16.95 t
ISBN-10: 0-87972-738-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-87972-738-3

The cloth edition, ISBN 0-87972-737-3 is out of print.

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