Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Sautter, U.,


History, United States.



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The primary objective of this paper is to examine to what extent the history of the public employment offices in Michigan is representative of the Progressive reforms of the time period. Were they illustrative of government intervention in society at this time, and if so, what does their history show concerning this type of government intervention. The effects of these offices on the Michigan labour market, and to what extent they were influential in guiding it will also be examined. The decline and eventual replacement of these offices with the state-run unemployment insurance programs will also be discussed. Why did the offices fail to meet their objectives, and to what degree was the state government responsible for these failures will be discussed. In short, would the public employment offices have been able to achieve their mandate with adequate government support. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .S637. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0540. Director: U. Sautter. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.