Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries (Google eBook)
Recasting the Machine Age recounts the history of Henry Ford's efforts to shift the production of Ford cars and trucks from the large-scale factories he had pioneered in the Detroit area to nineteen decentralized, small-scale plants within sixty miles of Ford headquarters in Dearborn. The visionary who had become famous in the early twentieth century for his huge and technologically advanced Highland Park and River Rouge complexes gradually changed his focus beginning in the teens and continuing until his death in 1947. Ford may well have been motivated to spend great sums on the village industries in part to prevent the unionization of his company. But these industrial experiments represented much more than "union busting." They were significant examples of profound social, cultural, and ideological shifts in America between the World Wars as reflected in the thought and practice of one notable industrialist. Howard P. Segal recounts the development of the plants, their fate after Ford's death, their recent revival as part of Michigan's renewed appreciation of its industrial heritage, and their connections to contemporary efforts to decentralize high-tech working and living arrangements.
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Origins Contexts Rationales
Scale Scope System Vision
Chapter 3 Farm and Factory United
Chapter 4 Buildings and Workforce
Chapter 5 Administration and Relationship to Local Communities
Chapter 6 Workers Experiences
Chapter 7 Unionization
Chapter 10 Decline of the Village Industries during World War II and After
Chapter 11 Contemporary Renewal of the Village Industries in HighTech America
Henry Ford Evolves from Mechanical to Social Engineer
Basic Facts about Present Status of the Nineteen Village Industries
Chapter 8 The Decentralists and Other Visionaries
Also Preaches Decentralization
African Americans Agrarians April assembly Borsodi branch plants building Cameron Cars Center centralization chap Chapter cities company's corporate Culture Dearborn decentralization Decentralization of Industry Detroit developments Dundee E. F. Schumacher economic electrical employees Engineering enterprises factory farm farmers Flat Rock Ford and Crowther Ford Country Ford Motor Company Ford plants Ford's village industries Fordism garden gristmill Henry Ford Highland Park hiring History Hydro Plants hydroelectric Ibid indus interview Joe Brown Collection June Kellogg labor Lewis Liebold machine manufacturing mass production Mexicans Michigan miles from Dearborn Milford Milford plant modern Nankin Mills Northville Northville Record operations organized overall percent Phoenix plant Pietrykowski Quoted Reminiscences River Rouge Rouge complex Rouge plant Rouge River Rubenstein rural small plants social southern Agrarians soybean tion Tobin towns union University Press urban village industries Vlissingen Voorhess Wayne workforce World York Ypsilanti Ypsilanti plant
Page xiii - Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. 9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries ; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.