McDonald, Joseph A.
June 1981
Humanity & Society;Jun81, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p100
Academic Journal
In this article, the author discusses factors that contributed to the extreme anti-unionism of the textile industry and difficulties experienced in organizing workers. Studies of the textile industry have generated an immense amount of material on such items as characteristics of workers, their harsh treatment in mills, and their poor living conditions. But they have failed to analyze the industry's relationship to modern industrial capitalism and the capitalist state. This article is an understanding to the distinctive characteristics of the industry and problems faced by union organizing campaigns. The author discusses certain topics in the article such as, "the economics of the textile industry," and "the textile industry and the state." The author concludes that regional characteristics, community characteristics, and labor force characteristics have assisted the textile industry in maintaining a poorly organized workforce. The author has also provided some concluding notes at the end of this article.


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