The Company Town: The Industrial Edens and Satanic Mills That Shaped the American Economy

The Company Town: The Industrial Edens and Satanic Mills That Shaped the American Economy

by Hardy Green

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Company town: the very phrase sounds un-American. Yet company towns are the essence of America. Hershey bars, Corning glassware, Kohler bathroom fixtures, Maytag washers, Spam—each is the signature product of a company town in which one business, for better or for worse, exercises a grip over the population. In The Company Town, Hardy Green, who has covered American business for over a decade, describes the emergence of these communities and their role in shaping the American economy since the country's earliest years. But rather than adhering to a uniform blueprint, American company towns have come to represent two very different strands of capitalism: one humanistic, the other exploitative. Through the framework of this dichotomy, Green provides a compelling analysis of the effect of the company town on the development of American capitalism, and tells the sweeping tale of how the American economy has grown and changed over the years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465028863
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 819,078
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Hardy Green is a former Associate Editor at BusinessWeek, where he was responsible for the magazine's book review coverage. He still writes regularly about the book publishing industry, and has published features on travel, investing, business history, technology, and careers. He is also the author of the academic history On Strike at Hormel: The Struggle for a Democratic Labor Movement. Green has taught history at New York's School of Visual Arts and Stony Brook University, from which he holds a PhD in US History. He blogs at, and lives in New York City.

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