Rainbow at Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s

Rainbow at Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s

by George Lipsitz

ISBN-10: 0252063945

ISBN-13: 9780252063947

Pub. Date: 07/28/1994

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Write about Workers?1
Pt. 1Class, Gender, and Race in Wartime, 1943-45
1Tradition, Turmoil, and Transformation: Three Wartime Workers19
2"A Rainbow at Midnight": Women, Work, and Corporate Liberalism45
3"Till Then": Hate Strikes, Black Self-activity, and Wartime Wildcats69
Pt. 2Reconversion and General Strikes, 1945-46
4"A Few Selfish Men": The 1945 Strike Wave99
5"We Will Not Go Back to the Old Days": The General Strikes Begin120
6"Everything Stops Today": The General Strikes Spread136
Pt. 3Politics and Power, 1947-50
7"More Radical Than Their Leaders": The Taft-Hartley Act157
8"No Classes in This Country": Labor and the Cold War182
9"Red Baiting at the Grass Roots": Evansville and Fairmont City204
Pt. 4Class and Culture, 1945-53
10"Damn Foolishness": The Fight for Control at the Point of Production229
11Corporate Culture, Conformity, and Commodities: The Fight for Moral Authority253
12Reel America: The Working Class and Hollywood279
13"Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens": The Class Origins of Rock and Roll303
Conclusion: What Labor Lost, and Why335

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