The Great Industrial War: Framing Class Conflict in the Media, 1865-1950 by Troy RondinoneThe Great Industrial War: Framing Class Conflict in the Media, 1865-1950 by Troy Rondinone

The Great Industrial War: Framing Class Conflict in the Media, 1865-1950

byTroy Rondinone

Hardcover | November 12, 2009

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The Great Industrial War, a comprehensive assessment of how class has been interpreted by the media in American history, documents the rise and fall of a frightening concept: industrial war. Moving beyond the standard account of labor conflict as struggles between workers and management, Troy Rondinone asks why Americans viewed big strikes as "battles" in "irrepressible conflict" between the armies of capital and laborùa terrifying clash between workers, strikebreakers, police, and soldiers.

Examining how the mainstream press along with the writings of a select group of influential reformers and politicians framed strike news, Rondinone argues that the Civil War, coming on the cusp of a revolution in industrial productivity, offered a gruesome, indelible model for national conflict. He follows the heated discourse on class war through the nineteenth century until its general dissipation in the mid-twentieth century. Incorporating labor history, cultural studies, linguistic anthropology, and sociology, The Great Industrial War explores the influence of historical experience on popular perceptions of social order and class conflict and provides a reinterpretation of the origins and meaning of the Taft-Hartley Act and the industrial relations regime it supported.

Troy Rondinone is an associate professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University.
Title:The Great Industrial War: Framing Class Conflict in the Media, 1865-1950Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:November 12, 2009Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813546834

ISBN - 13:9780813546834

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Table of Contents

1 With Colors Flying
2 "Drifting toward Industrial War"
3 The March of Organized Forces
4 The Emergence of the "Great Third Class" and the Search for an Industrial Treaty
5 The Fist of the State in the Public Glove
6 Co-opting the Combatants
7 A Kind of Peace

Editorial Reviews

"Rondinone should be commended for taking on such a broadly significant topic. Historians of labor, business, and the media will benefit from reading The Great Industrial War."