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Paper Industry: Michael Hillard's New Book On the Rise & Fall of Maine's Paper Industry

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From the early 20th century until the 1960s, Maine led the nation in paper production. University of Southern Maine economics professor Michael Hillard examines how national conglomerates began absorbing family-owned companies over time, which were subject to Wall Street demands for greater short-term profits after 1980. He tells the story of blue-collar workers and their families, and he analyzes how paper workers formulated a “folk” version of capitalism’s history in their industry. Ultimately, Hillard offers a telling example of the demise of big industry in the United States.

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Michael Hillard, professor of economics, University of South Maine

Lloyd Irland, semiretired forestry consultant who has served in Maine’s Department of Conservation and the State Planning Office; author of numerous publications, including “The Northeast’s Changing Forests”

Peter Kellman, past president of the Southern Maine Labor Council; working with the Movement Building/Education Committee of the Maine AFL-CIO; author of books on labor history, including “Building Unions: Past, Present and Future,” “Pain on Their Faces,” and “Divided We Fall: The Story of the Paperworkers’ Union and the Future of Labor.”

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.