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Eight Hours for What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920
     

Eight Hours for What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920

by Roy Rosenzweig
 
Focusing on the city of Worcester, Massachusetts the author takes the reader to the saloons, the amusement parks, and the movie houses where American industrial workers spent their leisure hours, to explore the nature of working-class culture and class relations during this era.

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Focusing on the city of Worcester, Massachusetts the author takes the reader to the saloons, the amusement parks, and the movie houses where American industrial workers spent their leisure hours, to explore the nature of working-class culture and class relations during this era.

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'In the proliferating scholarship on American working-class history, leisure has been among the last themes to be taken up. Thus, the appearance of Roy Rosenzweig's book is especially to be welcomed. It is an admirable study on several counts. For one thing, it fully exploits the advantages of local history ... His exhaustive research has yielded rich materials, anabling him, for example, to show the changing composition of Worcester's saloonkeepers and to chart the opening history of the city's movie houses ... especially impressive is his subtle assessment of the impact of the movies on Worcester's working people.' David Brody, Journal of American History

'Eight Hours For What We Will is a major contribution to modern American working-class history and to the history of a changing American popular and mass culture.' Herbert Gutman, Distinguished Professor of History, City University of New York

'This is conceptually a very innovative and important book.' Thomas A. McMullin, Historical Journal of Massachusetts

'Rosenzweig provides a fascinating study of the interplay of class, ethnicity, and economics in shaping the leisure culture of Worcester's working class.' Mark Aldrich, The Journal of Economic History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521239165
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1983
Series:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x (d)

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