Selling Free Enterprise
The Business Assault on Labor and Liberalism, 1945-60
Awards and Recognition:
Winner of the First Book Award from Phi Alpha Theta, 1995.
The post-World War II years in the United States were marked by the business community's efforts to discredit New Deal liberalism and undermine the power and legitimacy of organized labor. In Selling Free Enterprise, Elizabeth Fones-Wolf describes how conservative business leaders strove to reorient workers away from their loyalties to organized labor and government, teaching that prosperity could be achieved through reliance on individual initiative, increased productivity, and the protection of personal liberty.
Based on research in a wide variety of business and labor sources, this detailed account shows how business permeated every aspect of American life, including factories, schools, churches, and community institutions.
"Analyzes corporate America's ideological crusade with a comprehensiveness, clarity, and sophistication that no other work can match."--Gary Gerstle, author of Working-Class Americanism: The Politics of Labor in a Textile City, 1914-1960
To order online:
To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)
Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures
Edited by Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski
The Birth of the Cyber Left
White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie
Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf
The Federal Music Project in the West
The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture
Matthew C. Ehrlich and Joe Saltzman
Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers
Organized Crime in Chicago Heights
Michael K. Rosenow
Thomas S. Henricks