Conference: Business and Politics in Twentieth-Century America

November 8th 2013, 8:30 to 4:30 -- Hagley Library Soda House

Advance registration for the conference is required, but free. Lunch on site can be purchased in advance for $15.

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8:00: Coffee and Welcome 

Roger Horowitz, Hagley Museum and Library


8:30-10:15: State-Building 

Laura Phillips Sawyer, Harvard Business School, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Creation of the Modern Administrative State: Codes of Fair Competition, Institutional Economics, and the State, 1912-1938

Daniel Amsterdam, Georgia Institute of Technology, Building a Civic Welfare State: Businessmen's Forgotten Campaign to Remake Industrial America

Brent Cebul, University of Virginia, Pro Growth v. Pro Market: Local Businessmen, Economic Development and the Federal Government in Rural Georgia, 1938-1965

Comment: Ben Waterhouse, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


10:30-12:30: Shaping Conservatism

Eric S. Hintz, Lemelson Center, Smithsonian Institution,The Modern Pioneers Program: Or, How the National Association of Manufacturers Helped Stifle Depression-Era Patent Reform

Dolores Janiewski, Victoria University of Wellington, Fighting the Social Gospel: Fundamentalism, Surveillance, and the Sanctification of Free Enterprise

Jennifer Delton, Skidmore College, The Last of the Hidebound Conservatives: William Grede and the Struggle Against “Social Responsibility" within the National Association of Manufacturers

Amy Wallhermfechtel, St. Louis University, What is it about Kansas? Mobilizing the Grassroots in Support of Right-to-Work

Comment: Darren Dochuk, Washington University in St. Louis


12:30-1:30: Lunch (advance purchase required)


1:30-3:30: Engaging with Liberalism 

David Huyssen, Yale University, The Socialist Who Invented the Hedge Fund

Tami J. Friedman, Brock University,“Free Enterprise” or Federal Aid? U.S. Business and the Response to Economic Restructuring in the “Long 1950s”

Amy Offner, University of Pennsylvania, The War on Poverty and Business's War on Public Education

Eric Smith, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, “What Would Peace in Vietnam Mean for Your Business?”

Comment: Jennifer Klein, Yale University


3:45-5:00: American Business in the World

Betsy A. Beasley, Yale University, Petrochemical Services and the Culture of U.S. Global Power after 1973

Aaron Major, University at Albany-SUNY, Ambiguous Partners: Business and State and the Construction of Global Finance

Comment: Judith Stein, City University of New York Graduate Center


5:00-6:00: Closing summary comments and discussion

Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University


6:00: Reception

Advance registration for the conference is required, but free. Lunch on site can be purchased in advance for $15. To obtain more information, call (302) 658-2400, ext. 243 or email Carol Lockman,

The conference will be held in Hagley’s Soda House building. Use Hagley’s Buck Road East entrance off Route 100 in Wilmington, Delaware. Additional directions are available here. For those staying overnight, we recommend the Best Western Brandywine Inn; it is holding a bloc of rooms for attendees and will provide shuttle service during the conference.

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