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[This is an introduction that presents a summary of the political and economic impact of World War II on the US to provide both a guiding historical narrative for the ensuing discussion and to introduce the main themes which arose from the national war experience that are important to...
[This chapter traces the origins of the NAM and establishes its basic posture just as World War II visited the US. It follows the development of the organization from the turn of the century as the first major employer’s association in an America of rising corporate strength to the foremost...
[The main study of the wartime record of the NAM begins. It shows how the NAM tried to navigate the turbulent political and economic waters of ‘preparedness’ America as Europe descended into war. Uppermost for the NAM was finding how best to manage the mobilization for defense without adding...
[This chapter deals with attempts by the NAM to improve the appeal of ‘free enterprise’, largely as a response to the rising challenge of the corporate liberals, who were quick to undertake advanced studies of the war and peace aims. The NAM eventually embraced in 1942 the need to urgently begin...
[By 1943, the NAM had reached high gear in its post-war planning. The first results of its policy planning apparatus, which bore traces of the internationalist philosophy of the liberals, were quickly disseminated just as the liberal planners flooded the nation with their own, government-led...
[To combat the rise of the corporate liberals, the momentum generated by the NAM in 1943 is carried over into 1944 as the NAM embarks on its most expensive, widespread and daring policy and publicity offensive to date.]
[This chapter reveals the NAM in strident mood, with Congress shredding vestiges of the New Deal and favoring the interests of business in the dismantling of the apparatus of war, and with a public increasingly weary of government regulation. In 1945, the NAM moved onto the offensive in its war...
[The impact of the immediately post-war offensive of the NAM on the edifice of New Deal reformism is felt as the conservative resurgence reaches its zenith. Conservatives score their first major policy success in limiting the post-war rights of labor in the Taft-Hartley Act of 1946 and in...
[The concluding chapter places the wartime record of the NAM in analytical perspective and addresses key questions as to the organization’s effectiveness in elevating the power and reputation of business and in restoring a political economy of ‘free enterprise’ capitalism.]
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