War Book of the University of Wisconsin: Papers on the Causes and Issues of the War by Members of the Faculty

By Willard G. Bleyer; University of Wisconsin | Go to book overview

WHY WORKINGMEN SUPPORT THE WAR

By JOHN R. COMMONS Professor of Economics


AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY

In no war that ever occurred have the government and the workingmen joined together as they are doing in the United States today. In every department of our government that employs labor, or fixes the prices that manufacturers charge, or the wages that employers pay, a leading representative of labor is on the committee and he has as much power as the representative of the capitalists. The President of the United Mine Workers of America is assistant to Garfield, the Fuel Administrator. The President of the Building Trades Department of the American Federation of Labor is on the Emergency Construction Board for building ships; a leading organizer of the American Federation of Labor is on the great War Industries Board which controls all kinds of manufacturing; a trade unionist is Secretary of Labor.

These and many other trade union officials were named and placed there by the trade unions themselves, because these war boards have become the big employers of labor, or else they have control over the wages that private employers pay.

All through these industries of the country President Wilson is enforcing, as fast as the boards can get to it, the eight-hour day and time and one-half for over-time.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Preface 3
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 11
  • Germany's Secret War Council, July 5, 1914 15
  • Germany's Ambition for World Power 30
  • Bibliography 43
  • Why Germany Wanted War 45
  • How Germany Explains Her Acts 61
  • Why Russia, France, and Britain Entered the War 75
  • Did Germany Wrong Belgium? 89
  • How Germany Makes War 101
  • What Frightfulness Means 119
  • Germany's War on Neutrals 131
  • How Germany Overthrew International Law 141
  • German Autocracy and Militarism 153
  • Our Right to Ship Munitions 180
  • Bibliography 192
  • Germany's War on Us in Time of Peace 193
  • German Submarines and the British Blockade 203
  • Bibliography 212
  • Germany's Gain from Germany's Defeat 213
  • Bibliography 224
  • Why Workingmen Support the War 225
  • If Germany Wins 241
  • The World Must Be Made Safe for Democracy 253
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