Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class

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Overview

A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin' Alive is prizewinning historian Jefferson Cowie's remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s. In this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American music, film, and television lore—Cowie, with "an ear for the power and poetry of vernacular speech" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), reveals America's fascinating path from the rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.

Winner Of The 2011 Francis Parkman Prize From The Society Of American Histories For The Best Book On American History

Winner Of The 2011 Merle Curti Prize From The Organization Of American Historians For The Best Book In American Social History

Winner Of The 2011 Labor History Best Book Prize Winner of The 2011 Best Book Award From The United Association For Labor Education

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“…so fresh, fertile and real that the only thing it resembles is itself…You just have to read it. It establishes its author as one our most commanding interpreters of recent American experience. It corrals all the generational energies coursing through the centrifuge of post–baby boomer ‘70s scholarship and churns them into the first compelling, coherent statement I’ve read of what happened in the '70s…Cowie's accomplishment is to convey what this epic cheat felt like from the inside.”—Rick Perlstein, The Nation

“If you want to understand how we got here—how the Democrats’ New Deal coalition shattered in the 1970s, and why progressives are still picking the shrapnel out of their political hides—you must read Stayin' Alive. A fun read with cultural insight…Cowie is impossibly fair.”—Joan Walsh, Salon.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595587077
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 468
  • Sales rank: 232,757
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jefferson Cowie is an associate professor of history at Cornell University. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor The New Press, which received the Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History for 2000, and a co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Something's Happening to People Like Me 1

Book 1 Hope in the Confusion, 1968-1974 21

1 Old Fashioned Heroes of the New Working Class 23

2 What Kind of Delegation Is This? 75

3 Nixon's Class Struggle 125

4 I'm Dying Here 167

Book 2 Despair in the Order, 1974-1982 211

5 A Collective Sadness 213

6 The New Deal that Never Happened 261

7 The Important Sound of Things Falling Apart 313

8 Dead Man's Town 357

Acknowledgments 371

Notes 375

Index 447

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