By Judith Stein
Stein skillfully integrates a number of narratives usually treated in isolation labor, civil rights, politics, business, and foreign policy while underscoring the state's focus on the steel industry and its workers. By showing how those who intervened in the industry treated such economic issues as free trade and the globalization of steel production in isolation from the social issues of the day most notably civil rights and the implementation of affirmative action Stein advances a larger argument about postwar liberalism. Liberal attempts to address social inequalities without reference to the fundamental and changing workings of the economy, she says, have led to the foundering of the New Deal state.
- Chapel Hill, NC