Last Days of the Working Class: A Social History of Politics and Pop in the 1970s


ACLS Fellowship Program


Industrial & Labor Relations/American Studies

Named Award

ACLS/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow named award


In the 1970s, the issues of labor and work burst upon the national stage after slumbering during the postwar decades of "consensus" and the 1960s years of upheaval. Through an investigation of inter-related themes in politics, the workplace, and popular cutlure, this book will explain the resurgence of workers in American civic life and account for their equally rapid disappearance by the end of the decade. In retrospect, the blue collar revival of the 1970s marked the last--to date--sustained national debate over the "labor question."