Big Steel and the Wilson Administration: A Study in Business-Government Relations

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IV
JOSEPHUS DANIELS AND THE ARMOR TRUST

S HORTLY AFTER THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OFFICE IN 1913, the National Secretary of the American Anti-Trust League had written to Woodrow Wilson regarding the armor manufacturers. For many years, he said, the League had tried vainly to get Republican administrations to act. The League charged that since 1900, American battleships had not been built for the national defense, but to line the pockets of the armor trust, which consisted of the Carnegie, Midvale, and Bethlehem companies. These companies, he had claimed, consistently supplied the Navy with inferior merchandise at an exorbitant price, and the League hoped that strong action and prosecution by the new administration would now relieve the country of this odious burden.1 Wilson had forwarded the charges to his Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels.2

Daniels was, next to Bryan, the most radical member of Wilson's cabinet, and perhaps its greatest democrat.3 Franklin Roosevelt

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1
H. B. Martin to Woodrow Wilson, April 7, 1913, Wilson MSS, Ser. 4, Case File 387.
2
Wilson to Daniels, April 9, 1913, ibid.
3
Link, Wilson: The New Freedom, pp. 122-25.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Contents xix
  • Prologue xxi
  • I- The Rise and Fall of an Entente 1
  • II- Big Steel and the New Freedom 37
  • III- War Prosperity, Preparedness, and Neutrality 84
  • IV- Josephus Daniels and the Armor Trust 117
  • V- Wartime Control and Co-Operation 152
  • VI- Price Fixing by Co-Operation 192
  • VII- Conflict over Labor 248
  • VIII- Reconstruction 292
  • Epilogue- The Triumph of Big Steel 334
  • Bibliography 345
  • Index 357
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