The Resource Harrisburg industrializes : the coming of factories to an American community, Gerald G. Eggert

Harrisburg industrializes : the coming of factories to an American community, Gerald G. Eggert

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Harrisburg industrializes : the coming of factories to an American community
Title
Harrisburg industrializes
Title remainder
the coming of factories to an American community
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Gerald G. Eggert
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1850, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was a community like many others in the U.S., employing most of its citizens in trade and commerce. Unlike its larger neighbors, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Harrisburg had not yet experienced firsthand the Industrial Revolution. Within a decade, however, Harrisburg boasted a cotton textile mill, two blast furnaces and several iron rolling mills, a railroad car manufactory, and a machinery plant. This burst of industrial activity naturally left its mark on the community, but within two generations most industry had left Harrisburg, and its economic base was shifting toward white-collar governmental administration and services. Harrisburg Industrializes looks at this critical episode in Harrisburg's history to discover how the coming of the factory system affected the life of the community. Eggert begins with the earliest years of Harrisburg, describing its transformation from a frontier town to a small commercial and artisanal community. He identifies the early entrepreneurs who built the banking, commercial, and transportation infrastructure, which would provide the basis for industry at mid-century. Eggert then reconstructs the development of the principal manufacturing firms from their foundings, through the expansive post-Civil War era, to the onset of deindustrialization near the end of the century. Through census and company records, he is able to follow the next generation of craftsmen and entrepreneurs as well as the new industrial workers - many of them minorities - who came to the city after 1850. Eggert sees Harrisburg's experience with the factory system as "second-stage," or imitative, industrialization, which was typical of many, if not most, communities that developed factory production. At those relatively few industrial centers (Lowell and Pittsburgh, for example) where new technologies arose and were aggressively imposed on workers, the consequences were devastating, often causing alienation, rebellion, and repression. By contrast, at secondary centers like Harrisburg (or Reading, Scranton, or Wilmington), industrialization came later, was derivative rather than creative, was modest in scale, and focused on local and regional markets. Because the new factories did not compete with local crafts, few displaced artisans became factory hands. At the same time, an adequate supply of local native-born workers forestalled an influx of immigrants, so Harrisburg experienced little ethnic hostility. Ultimately, therefore, Eggert concludes that the introduction of an industrial order was much less disruptive in Harrisburg than in the major industrial sites, primarily because it did not alter so profoundly the existing economic and social order
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Eggert, Gerald G
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HC108.H299
LC item number
E36 1993
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Industries
  • Industrialisatie
  • Sociale aspecten
  • Economic history
  • Industries
  • Social conditions
  • Harrisburg (Pa.)
  • Harrisburg (Pa.)
  • Pennsylvania
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Harrisburg industrializes : the coming of factories to an American community, Gerald G. Eggert
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [389]-394) and index
Contents
Pt. 1. The rise of factory production. On the eve of industrialization -- Economic foundations of the community -- The maturing infrastructure -- Harrisburg industrializes -- The Civil War interlude -- Expansion and consolidation -- The process of industrialization -- Pt. 2. The impact of industrialization. A generation later -- The entrepreneurs and other elites : fathers and sons -- Recruiting and persistance of industrial workers -- Craft workers : fathers and sons -- Ethnic minorities : fathers and sons -- Labor relations in the early industrial era -- From the riots of 1877 to century's end -- Industrialization and Harrisburg politics -- The impact by century's end
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 412 p.
Isbn
9780271008554
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91047507
Other physical details
ill.
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  • (OCoLC)25095009
  • (OCoLC)ocm25095009
Label
Harrisburg industrializes : the coming of factories to an American community, Gerald G. Eggert
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [389]-394) and index
Contents
Pt. 1. The rise of factory production. On the eve of industrialization -- Economic foundations of the community -- The maturing infrastructure -- Harrisburg industrializes -- The Civil War interlude -- Expansion and consolidation -- The process of industrialization -- Pt. 2. The impact of industrialization. A generation later -- The entrepreneurs and other elites : fathers and sons -- Recruiting and persistance of industrial workers -- Craft workers : fathers and sons -- Ethnic minorities : fathers and sons -- Labor relations in the early industrial era -- From the riots of 1877 to century's end -- Industrialization and Harrisburg politics -- The impact by century's end
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 412 p.
Isbn
9780271008554
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91047507
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25095009
  • (OCoLC)ocm25095009

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