THE FLIVVER KING PDF

The Flivver King is not only a work of fiction, but it is a window into a period of American history of industrialization and early globalization in certain respects. Thus, one must not simply read this boom as if it was a simple critical work by Sinclair, but also as a work of historical fiction. Dec 24, Steve rated it liked it I learned a lot about Henry Ford in this readable historical fiction by Sinclair. Happy to find an old copy in our public library--possibly a first edition, published by Upton Sinclair himself. Oct 02, Max de Freitas rated it it was amazing "The only thing he could think of was to have Congress vote huge sums to his friends and beneficiaries, the great banks and corporations which had put up his campaign funds.

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The story follows the progress and growth of Ford Motor Company through the perspective of a number of generations of a single family.

The Ford factory began with very skilled workers. Through a process of breaking the skilled job down into simple steps, they were able to hire lower wage, less skilled individuals to do the work.

The Flivver King explains how the Ford Company used scientific management to replace skilled workers while successfully increasing production. Effects The first edition, published by the UAW states on the cover, that it was printed "in an edition of , copies for its members". What have the years done to him?

What has his billion dollars made of him? Here is the man, and the story of his life. Here also are his workers, a family of them over a period of three generations. What has the billion dollars done to them? A dramatic labor struggle is under way. Will Ford recognize the union? Will there be a "sit-down" in his plants? Here, in story form, are the facts needed to understand events. Characters in The Flivver King Henry Ford - Self-made man and billionaire industrialist who starts out with pure motives, but becomes the "prisoner of a billion dollars" as well as a cynical anti-Semite and cultural conservative.

A working class fellow who grew up down the street from young inventor Henry Ford, he throws his lot in life in with the Ford Motor Company and remains fiercely loyal to Ford in spite of the injustices he experiences.

Tom Shutt - Youngest son and athlete who becomes radicalized in college and begins organizing for the UAW. Daisy Shutt - Daughter who opts for a clerical career and marriage to a bookkeeper. References Liukkonen, Petri. Books and Writers kirjasto. Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 17 January The Flivver King, from the included synopsis Sinclair, Upton.

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The story follows the progress and growth of Ford Motor Company through the perspective of a number of generations of a single family. The Ford factory began with very skilled workers. Through a process of breaking the skilled job down into simple steps, they were able to hire lower wage, less skilled individuals to do the work. The Flivver King explains how the Ford Company used scientific management to replace skilled workers while successfully increasing production. Effects The first edition, published by the UAW states on the cover, that it was printed "in an edition of , copies for its members". What have the years done to him?

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The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America

Its echoing impact around the world challenged economic liberalism and gave rise to Keynesian economics. Upton Sinclair, in his book The Flivver King, points out that the Great Depression also created the stage for social injustice and labor abuse in the United States Sinclair describes that unwise monetary policies and the economic manipulation of big businesses is the reason why the economy burst on itself: its rapid and uncontrolled expansion collapsing because of the lack of fiscal and monetary policies to support its growth. Sinclair early on establishes that the relationship between Ford is not just is not just one of boss and employee.

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