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Life and Labor in the New New South$
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Robert Zieger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037950

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037950.001.0001

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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

“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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(p.16) 1 “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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Life and Labor in the New New South
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Tami J. Friedman

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037950.003.0002

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

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