The New World of Labor

The New World of Labor

The New World of Labor

The New World of Labor

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On the present trip around the world during 1922 and 1923 the writer endeavored to make a study of the industrial situation and of conditions of labor in the principal countries visited. These included China, Japan and India in the Far East, Germany and the Ruhr, France, Italy and Great Britain in Europe, and finally Russia as the storm center of the labor world.

However we may interpret the fact, the war seems to have marked the close of an epoch. Whether for better or for worse, we are in the midst of a period that will witness the birth of a "New World of Labor." In order to make a study of the labor situation that has arisen since the war, the writer sought to secure an industrial expert to make the investigation but failed in the case of three successive men who had hoped to make this tour of inspection. He was finally compelled to undertake it alone. He was painfully conscious, however, of not being technically qualified for such a task.

Six months before the trip was undertaken a somewhat exhaustive questionnaire on the industrial situation was sent in advance to representatives in each country, and information was gathered before our arrival. During the visit we endeavored to supplement the documentary evidence by inspection of factories, interviews with government officials, labor leaders, employers and others conversant with the labor situation.

The writer's thanks are due to many friends for furnishing industrial information, for reading portions of the . . .

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