I would like to thank the many individuals who have contributed to the development of the manuscript. James Geschwender, Martin Murray, Philip Kraft, Giovanni Arrighi, Alex Dupuy, James Dickinson, and Charlotte Bunzey read all or parts of the manuscript and made valuable suggestions. I especially thank Keir Jorgensen, Associate Research Director of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, for the careful and close reading he gave to different drafts of the manuscript, as well as for his untiring and generous assistance in locating data. Most of all, I would like to thank my wife, Bernadette West, for her reading and rereading of numerous drafts, for the many discussions on the research, and her ongoing support for my work. Various people helped prepare the manuscript and I would like to thank Anne Butera, Wanda Guarino, Dorothy Hartpence, Geraldine Holley, Helen Hudzina, Kathryn Krepich, Celeste Thatcher and Joan Tollinger.