"Without Blare of Trumpets"

Walter Drew, The National Erectors' Association, and the Open Shop Movement, 1903-1957
Sidney Fine
A critical era in the development of American labor relations


"Without Blare of Trumpets" provides a fresh look at the twentieth-century open shop movement. It reveals the central role played in that movement by the National Erectors' Association and by its commissioner, Walter Drew. Fine presents an absorbing account of the union-organized dynamiting campaign and illuminates the critical behind-the-scenes part played by Drew in one of the greatest labor trials in all of American history.

This important book adds to our understanding of the building and construction industry employer resistance to unionism, the role of the government in industrial relations, and the impact of the New Deal labor-management relations. "Without Blare of Trumpets" makes a major contribution to the fields of labor history, business history, and industrial relations. It will be of interest to students and scholars in many areas of American history, and to all those interested in the welfare of American jobs and American workers.

Sidney Fine was Andrew Dickson White Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and the author of numerous books and articles.

Praise / Awards

  • ". . . a work that should be of particular value to economic, business, and labor historians because of its revealing insights about the nature of labor-management relations during the first half of this century."
    American Historical Review

  • "Historian Sidney Fine has examined labor-business relations throughout his distinguished career. This extensively researched work is another example of his carefully crafted studies. . . . This richly detailed study reveals much about formal employer resistance to unions, especially in the building and construction industry."

  • "Fine's book sheds much light on an individual leader and a business organization that represented significant components of a conservative tradition in American history. This study is a valuable contribution to a clearer understanding of the well-financed, determined opposition that a powerful segment of corporate capitalism has unflaggingly offered to the growth of the American labor movement."
    International Labor and Working-Class History

  • "Walter Drew, the subject of this engrossing book by Sidney Fine, may have been the most class-conscious man in the United States during the period of its bitterest labor conflict. . . . Fine's richly documented, deeply informed study rescues Drew from obscurity and sheds new light on an enduring example of American exceptionalism: the unyielding hostility of most United States employers to unions."
    Journal of American History

  • ". . . a sophisticated analysis of the factors that contributed to the uniquely violent and confrontational nature of early twentieth-century American industrial relations. . . . [An] admirable piece of thoughtful scholarship that deserves wide readership."
    Michigan Historical Review

  • "As a result of this outstanding research job, Fine will place a lot of scholars in his debt. He takes us inside the NEA to give us chapter and verse on the dominant, but concealed and vehemently denied, role of U.S. and Bethlehem Steel, the two largest suppliers and fabricators, within it. . . . At the heart of the book lies an astounding story: the fullest account we have of the response of the ironworkers' union to their defeat at the NEA's hands."
    Reviews in American History

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 384pp.
  • 11 photographs.
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  • Hardcover
  • 1995
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-10576-2

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  • $84.95 U.S.