Making Sweatshops Chapter 4
Rosen, E. I. (2002). The Globalization of the U.S. Apparel Industry:
Making Sweatshops. University of California Press.
a. What was GATT and how did it facilitate trade? How did it differ from the Marshall Plan?
b. On page 57, paragraph 2, Rosen states, “Trade between countries at the same level of development typically involves a relatively equal exchange of labor. Trade between advanced industrial and underdeveloped poor countries, however, is likely to reproduced previous colonial economic relationships…” What is meant by this statement? Where have you learned about colonial economic relationships in class, in the text, or otherwise? Defend your answer.
c. Who originally controlled tariffs? Who controlled tariffs in 1934? Why was there this shift in control? Defend your answer with support from the text.
d. Rosen, on several occasions throughout chapter 4, discusses the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu. Why? Why is the defeat of Dien Bien Phu significant in American history? Why is this important to Congressman who favored protectionism a trade policy?
e. What was Kennedy’s Tripartite compromise? How did this benefit the textile and apparel industry in the US?