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The Color Line and the Assembly Line

Managing Race in the Ford Empire

Elizabeth Esch

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Sachbuch / 20. Jahrhundert (bis 1945)

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The Color Line and the Assembly Line tells a new story of the impact of mass production on society. Global corporations based originally in the United States have played a part in making gender and race everywhere. Focusing on Ford Motor Company’s rise to become the largest, richest, and most influential corporation in the world, The Color Line and the Assembly Line takes on the traditional story of Fordism. Contrary to popular thought, the assembly line was perfectly compatible with all manner of racial practice in the United States, Brazil, and South Africa. Each country’s distinct racial hierarchies in the 1920s and 1930s informed Ford’s often divisive labor processes. Confirming racism as an essential component in the creation of global capitalism, Elizabeth Esch also adds an important new lesson showing how local patterns gave capitalism its distinctive features. 

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critical race studies, factory integration, 20th century race relations, assembly line conditions, working class conditions 20th century, labor studies, workplace racism, ford, race in the car industry, workplace discrimination, global auto industry, workplace relations, factory workers, history of ford motor company, black workers, workers rights, industrial working conditions, 20th century labor issues, michigan history, blue collar racism, auto industry, factory working conditions, river rouge