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Author Olsson, Lars,
Title Women's work and politics in WWI America : the Munsingwear family of Minneapolis / Lars Olsson.
Imprint Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

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Subject Munsingwear Corporation (Minneapolis, Minn.) -- History.
Textile industry -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States.
Description 1 online resource
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 6, 2018)
Contents Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Chapter 1 Introduction; "Camp Munsingwear" at War; " ... the Problem of Women in Industry Is Growing Greater Every Day"; The Northwestern Knitting Company; The Minnesota Watchdog of Loyalty and Its Women's Committee; Sources; Chapter 2 The Political Economy of Minneapolis; An Industrial Center of the Midwest; Labor Migration into Minneapolis; Population, Occupation, and Politics in Minneapolis Until 1920; Organized Labor in Minneapolis; Organized Capital in Minneapolis; Labor Politics in Minnesota 1887-1920
Chapter 3 The Northwestern Knitting Company-Makers of Munsing WearIndustrial Garment Making; Knitting and Sewing-Women's Work; The Northwestern Knitting Company/The Munsingwear Corporation; Scientific Management at Work; The Directors; The Women at Work; Chapter 4 Divided Work-Women and Men at Work for the Company; Introduction to Work; The Making of Munsing Wear; The Administration of the Making of Munsing Wear; Expansion and Feminization of Office Work in the United States and in Minneapolis; The Administration of the Making of Munsing Wear
Cleaning and Feeding: Reproductive Work for "the Munsingwear Family"Hours of Work; Chapter 5 A Non-union Shop; Organized Labor Within the US Garment Industry; Unionization Efforts of Garment Workers in Minneapolis and at the Northwestern Knitting Company/the Munsingwear Corporation; Chapter 6 "The Munsingwear Family": Industrial Welfare and Paternalism; Industrial Welfare in the United States and in Minneapolis; Labor Turnover, Industrial Welfare and Paternalism in "the Munsingwear Family"; Bonus and Profit Sharing; The Munsingwear Industrial Welfare Program; The Cafeteria
The Employee's Mutual Benefit AssociationGetting to Work and Back Home; The Medical Department; The Munsingwear News-The Company House Organ; Leisure-Time Activities as Company Paternalism; Munsingwear Mixed Minstrels-Whiteness at Work in "the Munsingwear Family"; Chapter 7 Progressivism and Social Work for Women in Minneapolis; Gendered Progressivism in the United States; The Women's Trade Union League; The Women's Welfare League; The Young Women's Christian Association; Settlement Houses
Chapter 8 One People, One Language, One Nation: "The Munsingwear Family" in the Anglo-Americanization ProcessAnglo-Americanization in Minnesota and Minneapolis; Becoming Anglo-Americans at the Munsingwear Corporation; Liberty Loans and War Savings Stamps; Anglo-Americanization at Work; The Northwestern Knitting Company/The Munsingwear Inc. in the War; Chapter 9 The Munsingwear Family of Minneapolis at War: Conclusions; Class, Gender, and Ethnicity at Work in "the Munsingwear Family"; The Making of "the Munsingwear Family"; Making "the Munsingwear Family" into Loyal Americans; Bibliography
Summary By World War I, the Northwestern Knitting Company was the largest workplace for gainfully employed women in Minnesota and the largest garment factory in the United States. Lars Olsson investigates the interplay of class, gender, marital status, ethnicity, and race in the labor relations at the factory, illuminating the lives of the women who worked there. Representing thirty nationalities, particularly Scandinavian, the women worked long hours for low pay in roles that were strictly divided along ethnic and gendered lines, while the company directors and stockholders made enormous profits off of their labor. Management developed paternal strategies to bind the workers to the company and preempt unionization, including bonus programs, minstrel shows, and a pioneering industrial welfare program. With the US entry into the war, the company was contracted to produce underwear for soldiers, and management expanded the metaphor of "the Munsingwear Family" to construct not just company loyalty, but national loyalty. This book sheds new light on women's labor in WWI and the lives of textile workers in the United States.-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN 9783319902159 (electronic bk.)
3319902156 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1042561251
Additional Format Print version: Olsson, Lars. Women's work and politics in WWI America. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 3319902148 9783319902142 (OCoLC)1029447194.