A GM employee works at a Michigan facility.(Reuters)
A GM employee works at a Michigan facility.

The Death of American Manufacturing

December 15, 2005  •  From theTrumpet.com
America’s middle class rose on the back of massive industrial output during the 20th century. But this engine of prosperity is being hammered, and the economy is hurting as a result.

For the past 50 years, American manufacturing has dominated the globe. It turned the tide in World War ii, and hastened the defeat of Nazi Germany; it subsequently helped rebuild Europe and Japan; and it enabled the United States to outlast the Soviet empire in a Cold War. Concurrently, it met all the material needs of the American people.

During this time period, many American icons were born. Companies like General Motors, Ford, Boeing, Maytag and Levi Strauss became household names. American manufacturing became synonymous with quality and ingenuity.

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