Handbook of American Business History: Manufacturing

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David O. Whitten, Bessie Emrick Whitten
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1990 - 503 pages


Overall, this first volume in the series should render business research in manufacturing a good deal easier by bringing together insightful industry histories and detailed critical bibliographies. This series has much to recommend it. Future volumes will be eagerly awaited. Reference Books Bulletin

This historical and bibliographical reference work is the first volume of Greenwood Press's Handbook of American Business History, a series intended to supplement current bibliographic materials pertaining to business history. Devoted to manufacturing, this work uses the Enterprise Standard Industrial Classification (ESIC) to divide the subject into distinct segments, from which contributors have developed histories and bibliographies of the different types of manufacturing. Though authors were given sets of guidelines to follow, they were also allowed the flexibility to work in a format that best suited the material.

Each contribution in this volume contains three important elements: a concise history of the manufacturing sector, a bibliographic essay, and a bibliography. Some contributions appear in three distinct parts, while others are combined into one or two segments; all build on currently available material for students and scholars doing research on business and industry. The contributors, who include business, economic, and social historians, as well as engineers and lawyers, have covered such topics as bakery products, industrial chemicals and synthetics, engines and turbines, and household appliances. Also included are an introductory essay that covers general works and a comprehensive index. This book should be a useful tool for courses in business and industry, and a valuable resource for college, university, and public libraries.

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Contents

Introduction
1
I FOOD AND KINDRED PRODUCTS ESIC 200
25
II TOBACCO ESIC 210
63
III TEXTILES ESIC 230
87
IV LUMBER ESIC 240
115
V CHEMICALS AND DRUGS ESIC 280
135
VI PETROLEUM ESIC 290
171
VII LEATHER ESIC 310
211
IX INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL MACHINERY AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT ESIC 350
263
X ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT ESIC 360
301
XI TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT ESIC 370
329
XII INSTRUMENTS AND RELATED PRODUCTS ESIC 380
355
XIII MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TOYS AND SPORTING GOODS ESIC 390
383
Index
407
About the Editors and Contributors
499
Copyright

VIII FURNACES ESIC 331
237

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DAVID O. WHITTEN is Professor of Economics at Auburn University and Editor of the Wall Street Review. He is the author of Andrew Durnford: A Black Sugar Planter in Antebellum Louisiana (1981) and The Emergence of Giant Enterprise, 1860-1914: American Commercial Enterprise and Extractive Industries (Greenwood Press, 1983).

BESSIE E. WHITTEN is the Supervisor of the Manuscript Preparation Division of the College of Business at Auburn University. She has served as copy editor for the University of Florida Law Review and the Journal of Management. She is also the Assistant Editor of the Wall Street Review.

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