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, an associate professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the author of "The Business of Benevolence"& the editor of "Controlling Reproduction: An American History". She lives in Decatur, Georgia.
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Title:The Business of Benevolence: Industrial Paternalism in Progressive AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.37 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 has written the most encompassing study of welfare capitalism to come along in a quarter century. Brilliantly locating welfare work in the complex matrix of Progressive era forces, it makes a powerful case for an interpretation hinged around business strategy to fend off a more labor-sympathetic welfare state. Rarely is gender (not just women) so well integrated into the overall analysis."—Alan Dawley, author of Struggles for Justice: Social Responsibility and the Liberal State