The Business of Benevolence: Industrial Paternalism in Progressive America by Andrea ToneThe Business of Benevolence: Industrial Paternalism in Progressive America by Andrea Tone

The Business of Benevolence: Industrial Paternalism in Progressive America

byAndrea Tone

Hardcover | October 23, 1997

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In the early twentieth century, an era characterized by unprecedented industrial strife and violence, thousands of employers across the United States pioneered a new policy of labor relations called welfare work. The results of the policy were paternalistic practices and forms of compensation designed not only to control workers, but also to advertise the humanity of corporate capitalism to thwart the advance of legislated reform. In a burgeoning literature on the development of the U.S. welfare state, Andrea Tone offers a new interpretation of the importance of welfare capitalism in shaping its development.

Andrea Tone is Assistant Professor of History in the School of History, Technology, and Society at Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Title:The Business of Benevolence: Industrial Paternalism in Progressive AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.94 inPublished:October 23, 1997Publisher:Cornell University Press

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ISBN - 10:0801430283

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In the early twentieth century, an era characterized by unprecedented industrial strife and violence, thousands of employers across the United States pioneered a new policy of labor relations called welfare work. The paternalistic practices and forms of compensation they introduced were designed not only to control workers but also to advertise the humanity of corporate capitalism and thus to thwart the advance of legislated reform. In a penetrating contribution to a burgeoning literature on the development of the U.S. welfare state, Andrea Tone offers a new interpretation of the role of welfare capitalism in the shaping of that development

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"Tone's basic thesis is that 'welfare work' provided a means for firms to forestall government regulation of working conditions and to improve their public image and relations with workers.... A thorough and thoughtful survey of an important episode in the development of corporate labor policy."

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