New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1921. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Near-fine book, moderate toning and chipping to rare original dust jacket. An excellent copy. Item #255
"THE MODERN SYSTEM OF CAPITALISM HAS ARISEN LARGELY FROM THE DISREGARDING OF THE SACRED RIGHTS OF THE LABORER TO A REASONABLE FAMILY WAGE" First edition of this work on industrial ethics, a milestone of Catholic Social teaching in the development of labor relations. This copy was inscribed by Father McLean for presentation in December, 1946. With an Introduction by John A. Ryan of Catholic University. The government prohibition against labor strikes during World War I was followed by massive strikes during the Red Scare of 1919 and 1920. It became necessary for the Church to make a pronouncement on the issue and Fr. McLean's statement was based on Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum. An interesting window into a time of change in American history. The bibliography mentioned on the cover is divided into Moral and Economic sections. George F. McLean, An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought, 233. Approbations.