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Unformatted text preview: Max Haubold 3/27/2011 Paper #2 MNGT 365 The Rocky Road: Explained by Economics The evolution of American culture in the first half of the twentieth century was a direct result of the tumultuous relationship between the working class, big business, and the United States government. America had the worlds largest manufacturing-based economy, and so hinged on this triptych to shape and direct societal changes. During the early twentieth century there was a shift toward consumerism, an escalation of power held by large corporations, a slew of new legislature, and two world wars. Yet in all of this there was one constant, the antagonism between the working class and big business caused by a fundamental disagreement over intrinsic economic thought. The sole factor causing upheaval and strife between workers and business was the allotment of surplus value, the gap between the value of worker product and what a worker receives in wages. US labor policy, the trends and troubles of unionism, and expansion of worker receives in wages....
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