Oral history interview with Martin L. Haupt 1974; Audio Clip

Haupt, Martin L; Nackman, Mark E; Kratcha, Kae Bara; Springer, Kimberly; Wang, Karen

Martin Haupt, an immigrant from Germany, became head machine adjuster for American Paper Goods Company in Kensington, Connecticut and, later, assistant foreman in Continental Can Company plant in Three Rivers, Michigan. In this excerpt, he talks about workplace organizing in almost idyllic terms: little opposition from the company, the way that unionization made life easier for management in terms of negotiating benefits with one group, and how community connections fostered worker solidarity without labor-management relations reaching a crisis point.


Excerpt from full interview with Martin Haupt:


Reproduced in Meddlesome Practices: Oral Histories of Good Troublemaking in Business is an online exhibition of business-related oral histories from the Oral History Archive at Columbia. Visit the exhibition website here:


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From: Haupt, Martin L. (1974). Oral history interview with Martin L. Haupt 1974. Columbia Digital Library Collections [Columbia University Libraries]. [Oral histories sound recording]. Retrieved from