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The Industrialists: How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism

Jennifer A. Delton


Founded in 1895, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) helped make manufacturing the basis of the US economy and a major source of jobs in the twentieth century. This book traces the history of the advocacy group from its origins to today, examining its role in shaping modern capitalism, while also highlighting the many tensions and contradictions within the organization that sometimes hampered its mission. The book argues that NAM—an organization best known for fighting unions, promoting “free enterprise,” and defending corporate interests—was also surprisingly progressive. The book ... More

Keywords: National Association of Manufacturers, US manufacturing, US economy, capitalism, NAM, free exchange, US industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691167862
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691167862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer A. Delton, author
Skidmore College