Rainbow at Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252063947
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Write about Workers? 1
Pt. 1 Class, Gender, and Race in Wartime, 1943-45
1 Tradition, Turmoil, and Transformation: Three Wartime Workers 19
2 "A Rainbow at Midnight": Women, Work, and Corporate Liberalism 45
3 "Till Then": Hate Strikes, Black Self-activity, and Wartime Wildcats 69
Pt. 2 Reconversion and General Strikes, 1945-46
4 "A Few Selfish Men": The 1945 Strike Wave 99
5 "We Will Not Go Back to the Old Days": The General Strikes Begin 120
6 "Everything Stops Today": The General Strikes Spread 136
Pt. 3 Politics and Power, 1947-50
7 "More Radical Than Their Leaders": The Taft-Hartley Act 157
8 "No Classes in This Country": Labor and the Cold War 182
9 "Red Baiting at the Grass Roots": Evansville and Fairmont City 204
Pt. 4 Class and Culture, 1945-53
10 "Damn Foolishness": The Fight for Control at the Point of Production 229
11 Corporate Culture, Conformity, and Commodities: The Fight for Moral Authority 253
12 Reel America: The Working Class and Hollywood 279
13 "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens": The Class Origins of Rock and Roll 303
Conclusion: What Labor Lost, and Why 335
Index 349
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