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In "Industrial Progress and Human Economics," James Hartness offers a thought-provoking analysis of the interplay between industrial progress and its impact on human economies. The book delves deep into the key issues surrounding the industrial revolution in the early 20th century, providing valuable insights into how economic growth and technological advancements shaped society.

One of the strengths of Hartness' work lies in his ability to connect the dots between technological advancements and their societal consequences. He presents a comprehensive overview of various industries during the time, including manufacturing, transportation, and communication, emphasizing the far-reaching effects of these advancements on human lives. By citing real-life examples, Hartness brings to life the challenges faced by citizens and workers amidst rapid industrialization.

The author should be commended for his in-depth research and the wealth of historical data he provides. Hartness effectively draws from a wide range of sources, such as government reports, economic studies, and personal anecdotes, to support his arguments. This meticulous approach lends credibility to his analysis and allows readers to gain a better understanding of the complex dynamics at play.

Another strong point of the book is its balanced approach. Hartness neither romanticizes nor vilifies industrial progress, opting instead to present an objective assessment of its effects. He acknowledges the undeniable benefits brought about by new technologies, such as increased productivity and improved standards of living. However, he does not shy away from addressing the negative consequences, including labor exploitation, environmental degradation, and social inequality.

Furthermore, the author's writing style is clear, concise, and accessible. Complex concepts and economic theories are explained in a manner that can be understood by a broad audience. The use of illustrative graphs and charts enhances comprehension, making the book an informative read for both experts and those new to the subject.

While "Industrial Progress and Human Economics" offers a compelling analysis of its focal subjects, it would have benefitted from a more comprehensive exploration of potential solutions to the challenges highlighted. Hartness briefly touches on the importance of regulation and responsible oversight to mitigate negative impacts, but this aspect could have been given more depth and attention.

Overall, James Hartness' "Industrial Progress and Human Economics" is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the complex relationship between industrial progress and its effects on human economies. Its comprehensive research, balanced approach, and accessible writing style make it a valuable resource for both scholars and individuals seeking a deeper comprehension of the profound changes brought about by the industrial revolution.

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Address all communications relative to industries to Commissioner of Industries, Montpelier, Vermont.

This book is published by private funds

Fellow Citizen :

Vermont's natural resources have been set forth in State publications, not adequately, but nevertheless, in well prepared publications.

Supplementing such publications this book deals with our human resources, showing the way by which our greatest resource human energy can be most effectively employed. It uses the welfare of man as the yardstick of measure rather than treating the subjects under the head of natural resources.

At the present time the productive power of a day's work varies greatly throughout the country. It reaches its highest point where the most efficient implements and machines are used; where there is a high degree of special ability acquired by each executive and workman, such as has been attained in our highly specialized manufacturing industries, many of which may be found in our neighboring states. The upbuilding of such organizations is only in its infancy. There is now a natural drift away from congested cities to adjacent states where plants and homes may be spread out over larger areas.

The personal side of this to each man is the supreme need of a better understanding of human economics; that is, he must know the best way to use his own energies, and since he must work in cooperation with others he should also know what constitutes the most effective and successful organization... Continue reading book >>

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