Hawthorne Works

Hawthorne Works

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Discover the maufacturing plant that typifies the era when American industrial giants dominated the global economy and generations of blue-collar workers strived for a fair share of the "American Dream."


A burgeoning town on the fringes of Chicago rose and fell with the successes of the Western Electric Company. For almost 90 years, the Hawthorne Works plant employed, educated, entertained, and defined the township of Cicero. As the manufacturing arm of Western Electric, Hawthorne contributed greatly to the prosperity and national defense of the United States. As the site of the controversial Hawthorne Studies of workplace motivation and behavior, the plant reconfigured business and social science models. A community within a community, Hawthorne had its own sports teams, social clubs, hospital, railroad yards, and savings and loan. At its peak, the works was the largest single-site employer in Illinois and one of the biggest manufacturing establishments in the country, second only to the Ford plant in Detroit.



Author: Dennis Schlagheck, Catherine Lantz
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Published: 02/10/2014
Pages: 127
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.50w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781467111355