Bicentennial Essay: The Clock Watchers: Americans at Work

The following Bicentennial Essay is the third in a series that will appear periodically into early 1976 and will discuss how we have changed in our 200 years.

"Remember that time is money," Benjamin Franklin wrote in his Advice to a Young Tradesman in 1748. "Money can beget money, and its offspring can beget more, and so on ... He that kills a breeding sow destroys all her offspring to the thousandth generation."

For Max Weber, in his famous essay, these sentiments were the essence of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. They...

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