A Coat of Many Colors: Immigration, Globalization, and Reform in New York City's Garment Industry by Daniel SoyerA Coat of Many Colors: Immigration, Globalization, and Reform in New York City's Garment Industry by Daniel Soyer

A Coat of Many Colors: Immigration, Globalization, and Reform in New York City's Garment Industry

EditorDaniel SoyerPreface byRuth Abram

Paperback | April 15, 2004

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For more than a century and a half-from the middle of the 19th century to the end of the 20th-the garment industry was the largest manufacturing industry in New York City, and New York made more clothes than anywhere else. For generations, the industry employed more New Yorkers than any other and was central to the city's history, culture, and identity. Today, although no longer the big heart of industrial New York, the needle trades are still an important part of the city's economy-especially for the new waves of immigrants who cut, sew, and assemble clothing in shops around the five boroughs. In this valuable book, historians, sociologists, and economists explore the rise and fall of the garment industry and its impact on New York and its people, as part of a global process of economic change. Essays trace the rise of the industry, from the creation of a Manhattan garment district employing immigrants from nearby enements to the contemporary spread of Chinese-owned shops in cheaper neighborhoods. The tumultuoushistory of workers and their bosses is the focus of chapters on contractors and labor militants and on the experiences of Italian, Chinese, Jewish, Dominican, and other ethnic workers. The final chapter looks at air labor, social responsibility, and the political economy of the offshore garment industry.
Daniel Soyer is Associate Professor of History at Fordham University and the author of Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939, co-winner of the Saul Viener Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society.
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Title:A Coat of Many Colors: Immigration, Globalization, and Reform in New York City's Garment IndustryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 6 × 9 × 0.09 inPublished:April 15, 2004Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823224872

ISBN - 13:9780823224876

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"...the contributors address the topic from a wide variety of new perspectives that have resulted from the fruitful interaction of labor historians and scholars and practitioners in other fields."