Industrialization and the politics of disorder : Paterson silkworkers 1880-1913
Osborne, J. D. (James D.) (1979) Industrialization and the politics of disorder : Paterson silkworkers 1880-1913. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This is an account of the social and work experience of
successive generations of immigrants in a mushrooming industrial city,
Paterson, New Jersey, 1880-1915. In the late nineteenth century the
city became the centre of the American silk industry. It's economy
flourished, dominated by the production of this one product. Its mills
and machinery were technologically the most advanced of any in the world.
Paterson quickly became a Mecca for immigrant silk hands. Their
adaption to the new work routines in the city's mills forms the focal
point of this study. Immigrant workers brought with them work and
collective traditions coloured by their experience in the silk industries
of their homelands. They were ill-suited to the advanced form of production
in Paterson mills and constantly disrupted the plans of local factory owners.
The resultant tension became an ingrained feature of industrial life in the
city as a continuous stream of immigrants re-enforced the disruptive
tendencies of their predecessors in the mills.
Paterson millowners were so hidebound by their wayward workers that
by the end of the century they formed concerted plans to assume a new
dominance over the economic fortunes of the city. Their campaign was directed
primarily against Paterson's newest immigrant group, Italian millhands. It
assumed a distinctive flavour from that fact. In 1913 the new stance of
millowners culminated in the notorious "War in Paterson". Although the
1913 strike is commonly attributed to the inflammatory presence of the
Industrial Workers of the World, it was rooted in tensions wholly independent
of that organization. The failure of the strike confirmed the new social
and political status of Paterson's factory owners, and the eclipse of a
long tradition of collective disruption by the city's immigrant millworkers.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Paterson (N.J. : Civil jurisdiction) -- History -- 19th century, Paterson (N.J. : Civil jurisdiction) -- History -- 20th century, Foreign workers -- New Jersey -- Paterson (Civil jurisdiction), Silk industry -- New Jersey -- Paterson (Civil jurisdiction)|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Social History|
|Extent:||v, 356,  leaves|
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