The Two Knudsens

Mitchell, Jonathan
January 1941
New Republic;1/20/41, Vol. 104 Issue 3, p79
Focuses on William S. Knudsen, head of the defense organization of the U.S. Report that he has the ability to translate a bundle of blueprints into acres of stamping and milling machines, lathes, ponderously moving assembly belts, from which emerge precise, infinitely complicated instruments of war and peace; Information on the baffling personality of Knudsen; View that most Americans, no doubt, are less concerned with the intricacies of Knudsen's personality than with his ability to drive through the arms program in time to save Great Britain and their own country; Report that next to coercing manufacturers, Knudsen's chief task, in cooperation with his co-chairman will be dealing with organized labor; Description of Knudsen by the United Auto Workers leaders who treated with him in the sitdown strike of 1937 in General Motors Corp; Statement of the defense associates that only once has he shown hostility to unions, when a jurisdictional strike involving four truck drivers at a Chrysler tank armory held up five thousand production workers.


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