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Against LaborHow U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism$
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Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040818

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.001.0001

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Scientific Management, Racist Science, and Race Management

Scientific Management, Racist Science, and Race Management

(p.27) 1 Scientific Management, Racist Science, and Race Management
Against Labor

Elizabeth Esch

David Roediger

University of Illinois Press

Elizabeth Esch and David Roediger highlight the ways employers and their allies used racism to divide the working classes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Such racist practices began under slavery, and continued well into the early twentieth century as they constructed hierarchical workplaces which they deemed as natural; unions and solidarity in their estimation subverted the natural order. They call this practice “race management.” Employers seeking control over the workforce benefited from racism.

Keywords:   race management, racism, slavery, Taylorism, scientific management, open-shop

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