The Company Town
Hardy Green, former associate editor of BusinessWeek, explores the history of the American “company town.” From chocolate bar production in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to Maytag washing machines in Newtown, Iowa, the author examines how the production of one item in a town influenced the local and national economy and shaped the socio-political landscape of the respective locales. Mr. Green presents the two models that were often attributed to the management of the company town, the paternal model that fostered a sense of community, and what the author deems “Exploitationville,” in which the company was interested in producing profits without consideration for their employees. Hardy Green discussed his book at the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library in New York City. close
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