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Representation and Rebellion

The Rockefeller Plan at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, 1914-1942

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Representation and Rebellion by Jonathan H. Rees
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In response to the tragedy of the Ludlow Massacre, John D Rockefeller, Jr introduced one of the nation's first employee representation plans (ERPs) to the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in 1915. With the advice of William Mackenzie King, who would go on to become prime minister of Canada, the plan -- which came to be known as the Rockefeller Plan -- was in use until 1942 and became the model for ERPs all over the world. In Representation and Rebellion Jonathan Rees uses a variety of primary sources -- including records recently discovered at the company's former headquarters in Pueblo, Colorado -- to tell the story of the Rockefeller Plan and those who lived under it, as well as to detail its various successes and failures. Taken as a whole, the history of the Rockefeller Plan is not the story of ceaseless oppression and stifled militancy that its critics might imagine, but it is also not the story of the creation of a paternalist panacea for labour unrest that Rockefeller hoped it would be. Addressing key issues of how this early twentieth-century experiment fared from 1915 to 1942, Rees argues that the Rockefeller Plan was a limited but temporarily effective alternative to independent unionism in the wake of the Ludlow Massacre. The book will appeal to business and labour historians, political scientists, and sociologists, as well as those studying labour and industrial relations.

Author Biography

Jonathan H. Rees is an associate professor of history at Colorado State University-Pueblo specializing in American labor history, American business history, and the history of technology.
Release date Australia
February 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University Press of Colorado
Pages
347
Dimensions
152x229x24
ISBN-13
9780870819643
Product ID
3749926

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