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The Long Exception: Rethinking the Place of the New Deal in American History
Abstract “The Long Exception” examines the period from Franklin Roosevelt to the end of the twentieth century and argues that the New Deal was more of an historical aberration—a byproduct of the
Introduction to Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class
Excerpt] What many pegged as the promise of a working-class revival in the early 1970s turned out to be more of a swan song by decade's end. The fragmented nature of the labor protests—by
Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor
Find a pool of cheap, pliable workers and give them jobs-and soon they cease to be as cheap or as pliable. What is an employer to do then? Why, find another poor community desperate for work. This
Dead Man's Town: "Born in the U.S.A.," Social History, and Working-Class Identity
This essay analyzes Bruce Springsteen's 1984 hit song "Born in the U.S.A." as a history and commentary on working-class identity. The article discusses the song's narrative elements and its
The Meanings of Deindustrialization
The point of departure for any discussion of deindustrialization must be respect for the despair and betrayal felt by workers as their mines, factories, and mills were padlocked, abandoned, turned