Making Capitalism Safe: Workplace Safety and Health Regulation in America, 1880-1940 (Working Class in American History)

Making Capitalism Safe: Workplace Safety and Health Regulation in America, 1880-1940 (Working Class in American History)

By: Donald W. Rogers (author)Hardback

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&&LI&&Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-parent:"";mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:#0400;mso-fareast-language:#0400;mso-bidi-language:#0400;}Workplaces in the United States are safer today than they were a hundred and twenty years ago. In this book, Donald W. Rogers attributes this improvement partly to the development in the Progressive Era of surprisingly strong state-level work safety and health regulatory agencies, a patchwork of commissions and labor departments that advanced safety law from common-law negligence to the modern system of administrative regulation. Rogers examines the Wisconsin Industrial Commission and compares it to arrangements in Ohio, California, New York, Illinois, and Alabama. Connecting this history to the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1970, Making Capitalism Safe will revise historical understandings of state regulation, compensation insurance, and labor law politics--issues that remain pressing in our time.

About Author

Donald W. Rogers is an instructor in history at Central Connecticut State University and the editor of Voting and the Spirit of American Democracy: Essays on the History of Voting and Voting Rights in America.


Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. From Common Law to Factory Laws; 2. The Administrative Transformation of Work Safety and Health Law; 3. Selling the Safety Spirit; 4. The First Safety Codes; 5. The Club of the Law; 6. Politics and Work Safety Education in the Interwar Economy; 7. The Technocrats Take Command; 8. The Limits of Law Enforcement; 9. The Troubled Campaign against Occupational Disease; Epilogue: The Road to OSHA; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780252034824
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780252034824
  • ISBN10: 0252034821

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