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The Color Line and the Assembly Line


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Introduction * The Color Line and the Assembly Line
1 * Ford Goes to the World; the World Comes to Ford
2 * From the Melting Pot to the Boiling Pot: Fascism and the Factory-State at the River Rouge Plant in the 1920s
3 * Out of the Melting Pot and into the Fire: African Americans and the Uneven Ford Empire at Home
4 * Breeding Rubber, Breeding Workers: From Fordlandia to Belterra
5 * "Work in the Factory Itself": Fordism, South Africanism, and Poor White Reform
Conclusion * From the One Best Way to The Way Forward to One Ford-Still Uneven, Still Unequal

Selected Bibliography

About the Author

Elizabeth Esch is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas. She is the coauthor, with David Roediger, of The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in US History.


"In this exciting contribution to the historiography of the Ford Motor Company, Elizabeth D. Esch reframes a familiar Michigan history topic within historians' rich conversations about race and empire." * Michigan Historical Review *
"Provides a useful starting point for examining Ford's adaptation of its labor practices to differing national contexts. Historians and historically minded social scientists will find this book to be an accessible, informative, and engaging contribution to the literature about Ford." * Journal of Interdisciplinary History *

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