An American Industrial History
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About the Book
The rubber industry was born in bankruptcy and built through bankruptcies. As this history details, many of the great rubber barons—Charles Goodyear, Harvey Firestone, B.F. Goodrich, F.A. Seiberling—found themselves or their companies in bankruptcy courts. Fortunately, the industry has always proven as elastic as its product.
From the early search for an American location to process the rubber of the tropics to the collapse of the industry, this is the story of rubber in America.
About the Author(s)
Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr., an international expert in management, manufacturing and globalization, is the author of numerous books on American industrial history, capitalism and notable business leaders. He lives in Maumee, Ohio.
Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 18 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. The Fall of Rubber’s Rome 7
2. The Road to Akron 25
3. The Rubber Industry Comes to Akron 42
4. The Greatest of Them All—The New England Rubber Barons 53
5. Seiberling Brings Goodyear to Town 63
6. A New Baron in Town 72
7. The Rubber Boom and Rubber Cartels 85
8. The War and Auto Sales Change the Industry 116
9. Plantation Owners—Golden Years of the Barons 128
10. Rubber Proﬁts and the Roaring Twenties 144
11. Social and Community Reforms 154
12. The Taming of the Lions—1930s 161
13. The World Turned Upside Down 173
14. War and Synthetic Rubber 184
15. The Passing of the Old Guard—The Postwar Rubber Industry 195
16. The Four Horsemen 203
17. Back to the Future 216
Chapter Notes 227
Book Reviews & Awards
“The author sets the story within the context of the general development of American capitalism and often offers (typically admiring) biographical details about the lives of the rubber barons that dominated the industry”—ProtoView