History 262

History 262 - Individualism and the Ideology of Success in...

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Individualism and the Ideology of Success in America II 08/02/2007 08:32:00 Individualism and the Ideology of Success in America II Corporate Liberalism The Ford Legacy Stability You want stability in your business You don’t want high numbers of workers leaving o That’s inefficient Laissez Fair A guiding principle in the making of industrial America “Let it be” o gov’t not being involved o hands off very simplistic summary of what happens NAM National Association of Manufactures Founded in 1885 Was old school o Working is about profits o Not progressive in their thinking about the workers
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Usually behind the most exploitative worker conditions Behind “Open Shop” o “Open shop” means you are anti-union there should be no binding relationship to unionization Workers pushed for the “Closed Shop” or unionization o If you work at a place that has “closed shop” you have to join the union Believed that organized labor was bad for business o Workers would make to many demands if they worked together The 8 hour day NCF National Civic Federation The hallmark of the new corporate liberalism Wanted to be more progressive and forward thinking Did research studies for their factories Civic co notates the idea of the civilian they’re for the people A subtle point that goes a long way to raised efficiency and moral of workers in factories “Taking labor by the hand and leading it into harmless channels” “All unions are not bad…you just have to control the union” o very successful o “Gary Dinners” Gary was a member of union H. Steel
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Sit down and talk rather than try to duke it out Henry Ford The king of the automobile industry Member of NCF Was a genius in mechanics Was hired by the Genius of Menlo Park o Thomas Edison Insomnia Squad Mentality of work taken from Edison and adapted by Ford Edison didn’t believe in stifling creativity he let his workers go off and invent on their own Ford worked on the automobile A device that could get you from point A to point B quickly The automobile however was invented by Benz To get more funding he established the Ford Automobile company 1903 more investments came in o Dodges o Oleses o Tremendous strides were made Interchangeable parts were made effective Easier, cheaper repairs Set up for Ford’s big dream of mass production
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Models A, K, and T o First real success came with the K car o 1907 the great success came for Ford with the Model T affordable quickly made Assembly Line o Part of the new school of efficiency o “Speed Up” quickened that rate of the assembly line Taylor was an efficiency expert that Ford brought in o Came in and advised how things could be made more quickly based off of observations o Taylorized o Scientific management
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