ABOUT THE BOOK
Can American Manufacturing Be Saved? shows
how the development and growth of American
manufacturing was integral to the expansion
of the United States from colonial times
to the present day. It describes
how the Industrial Revolution began in
the United States with the start of the
textile industry in New England and how
the American System of Manufacturing developed. It
outlines how key technologies accelerated
the westward expansion of the United States
during the 19th Century. It
describes how breakthrough inventions enabled
the development of modern manufacturing
and mass production.
It provides a brief summary of the struggle
by American workers to organize and form
unions to improve their lives by gaining
a shorter workweek, shorter workday, higher
wages, and safer working conditions.
It shows how manufacturing jobs became foundation
of the middle class during the 19th Century
and into the mid 20th Century. It
describes the important role that manufacturing
played in the United States becoming a
world super power during the 20th Century.
It considers the topic of free trade vs.
unfair trade and what effect U. S. trade
policies has had on America’s manufacturing
It shows the detrimental effects that the
outsourcing of manufacturing offshore is
having on the economy of the United States
as a whole, as well as specific geographical
The book briefly considers the effect that
industrialization is having on China and
India with regard to their environment
and the working conditions for workers.
It provides an analysis of the contribution
manufacturing makes to economy of the United
States and maintaining its position as
a “super power.” It clearly outlines
why we should save American manufacturing
and describes a sampling of programs and
initiatives by federal and state government,
trade associations, and non-profit organizations
that are attempting to save manufacturing
at the present time.
It presents specific strategies for manufacturers
to use to help save themselves and recommendations
for changes in America’s national public
policy and federal legislation needed to
save manufacturing in America. It
concludes with recommendations of specific
actions that people can take on an individual
basis to help save American manufacturing.
Everyone who reads this book will have a
better understanding of the importance
of manufacturing to the U. S. economy and
will be motivated to do what they can to
participate in saving manufacturing in
America and preserving our pre-eminent
role in the global economy.