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“How Can Greenville Get New Industry to Come Here If We Get the Label of a C.I.O. Town?”: Capital Migration and the Limits of Unionism in the Postwar South

Tami J. Friedman

in Life and Labor in the New New South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037950.003.0002
“How Can Greenville Get New Industry to Come Here If We Get the Label of a C.I.O. Town?”: Capital Migration and the Limits of Unionism in the Postwar South

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Capital migration undermined prospects for union organizing in the post-World War II South. Scholars and other observers have often viewed southern anti-unionism as a product of distinctively “southern” traits. However, in the postwar period, northern manufacturers relocated production to southern communities. Southern boosters, eager to lure northern industry, fought hard to preserve their region's status as anti-union terrain. Their commitment to creating an attractive investment climate for northern businessmen, coupled with southern workers' desperate need for economic opportunity, provided a powerful deterrent to unionism in the postwar South.

Keywords: anti-unionism; union organizing; northern manufacturers; southern boosters; capital migration; investment climate; postwar South; Mississippi

Chapter.  13369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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