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

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

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A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin' Alive is prize-winning 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 rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.

"So fresh, fertile, and real . . . establishes its author as one of our most commanding interpreters of American experience." -Rick Perlstein, The Nation

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ISBN-13: 9781515935469
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jefferson Cowie holds the James G. Stahlman Chair in American history at Vanderbilt University. He is the award-winning author of The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics and Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor.

An award-winning audio engineer for over forty years, Tom Perkins has expanded his skills to narrating and has more than sixty titles to his credit. He learned by working with the world's best voice talent during his career, and he continues to engineer a variety of projects.

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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