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

Eight Hours for What We Will

Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920

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Published: 27th January 1986
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In the first comprehensive study of American working-class recreation, Professor Rosenzweig takes us to the saloons, the ethnic and church picnics, the parks and playgrounds, the amusement parks, and the movie houses where industrial workers spent their leisure hours. Focusing on the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, he describes the profound changes that popular leisure underwent. Explaining what these pastimes and amusements tell us about the nature of working-class culture and class relations in this era, he demonstrates that in order fully to understand the working class experience it is necessary to explore the realm of leisure. For what workers did in the corner saloon, the neighbourhood park, the fraternal lodge hall, the amusement park, and the nickelodeon had a good deal of bearing on what happened inside the factories, the union halls, and the voting booths of America's industrial communities.

'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

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Context
Workers in an industrial city, 1870G++1920
Culture: The Working-Class World of the Late Nineteenth-Century
The rise of the saloon
Immigrant workers and the fourth of july
Conflict: Struggles Over Working-Class Leisure in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
The struggle over the saloon, 1870G++1910
The struggle over recreational space: the development of parks and playgrounds
The struggle over the fourth: the safe and sane july fourth movement and the immigrant working class
Culture, Conflict, and Change: The Working-Class World of the Early Twentieth Century
The commercialization of leisure: the rise of a leisure market and the persistence of the saloon
From rum shop to Rialto: workers and movies
Conclusion
Abbreviations used in notes
Notes
A note on sources
Index
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ISBN: 9780521313971
ISBN-10: 052131397X
Series: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27th January 1986
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.29  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.48