Examining Trenton's potters and pottery industry from 1850 to the Great Depression, Marc Stern chronicles industrialization in this competitive, skill-intensive trade. Nineteenth-century potting remained locked in conflicts between and among manufacturers and workers in which price wars and antiunionism invariably undid both the employers' trade associations and employee trade unions. The shift to specialization in sanitary pottery (bathtubs, sinks, and commodes) after 1900, however, saw employers and workers create a cooperative system, which virtually eliminated price wars, strikes, and lockouts. After World War I, competition, federal antitrust legislation, and increased consumer demand led Trenton's manufacturers to call for major concessions from their employees. In a disastrous move, the unionized sanitary pottery workers struck their shops in 1922 only to watch their employers introduce new technologies and less skilled workers. Meanwhile, federal litigation destroyed the trade associations market controls. Large national plumbing supply corporations quickly came to dominate the trade and displace the smaller, independent firms. Stressing the importance of the interaction of market conditions, state intervention, technology, and labor-capital relations. Stern corrects an often fragmented and distorted view of the transformation of this industry and offers a model for understanding the transformation of others.Stern, Marc J. is the author of 'Pottery Industry of Trenton A Skilled Trade in Transition, 1850-1929' with ISBN 9780813520988 and ISBN 0813520983.