Hawthorne Works

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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. Hawthorne 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."
ISBN: 9781467111355
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 216
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Catherine Lantz and Dennis Schlagheck, both reference librarians at Morton College, regularly assist tour groups and researchers at the Hawthorne Works Museum on campus. The images in this book come from the Hawthorne Works Museum Collection, the AT&T Archives and History Center in Warren, New Jersey, and the collections of retired Hawthorne employees.
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