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Working-Class Americanism : The Politics of Labor in a Textile City, 1914-1960 - Gary Gerstle

Working-Class Americanism

The Politics of Labor in a Textile City, 1914-1960

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Published: 31st March 2002
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In this classic interpretation of the 1930s rise of industrial unionism, Gary Gerstle challenges the popular historical notion that American workers' embrace of "Americanism" and other patriotic sentiments in the post-World War I years indicated their fundamental political conservatism. He argues that Americanism was a complex, even contradictory, language of nationalism that lent itself to a wide variety of ideological constructions in the years between World War I and the onset of the Cold War. Using the rich and textured material left behind by New England's most powerful textile union--the Independent Textile Union of Woonsocket, Rhode Island--Gerstle uncovers for the first time a more varied and more radical working-class discourse.

"The transformation of ethnically insular workers into passionate American activists is an important story, which Gerstle recounts with unusual subtlety... No one has explored the meaning of Americanism to workers with more intelligence and insight."--Alan Brinkley, New York Review of Books "Scintillating... [Gerstle] uses the method [of social history] with striking originality to tackle the thorny questions of Americanism."--Alan Dawley, The Nation "[A] fascinating new book... One of the great feats of this book is Gerstle's ability to show that intellectual history is not some ethereal, separable history of abstract 'ideas' but is rather a product of class relations born at the workplace."--Dana Frank, In These Times "The most provocative account of working-class politics in the 1930s and 1940s."--John Bodnar, Journal of American History "[A] pathbreaking, impeccably researched history... The sheer scope of this study ... is breathtaking."--Richard M. Vallely, International Labor and Working Class History "A remarkably rich and thoroughly rewarding study of life, labor, and politics in a 20th century industrial community."--Stuart M. Blumin, Labor History "Important... To read Gerstle ... is to think a little more freely of this country's possibilities... [T]he sobriety and sheer depth of Gerstle's engagement with real Americans' struggles spells relief from tributes to 'forgotten warriors' that read like old placards in a May Day parade. Study 'the people' here first."--Jim Sleeper, Los Angeles Times Book Review

List of Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Theodore Roosevelt's Racialized Nation, 1890-1900p. 14
A History of the American "Race"p. 17
War, Renewal, and the Problem of the "Smoked Yankee"p. 25
Civic Nationalism and Its Contradictions, 1890-1917p. 44
"True Americanism"p. 47
Racial Dilemmasp. 59
The New Nationalismp. 65
Hardening the Boundaries of the Nation, 1917-1929p. 81
War and Disciplinep. 83
"Keeping Pure the Blood of America"p. 95
Civic Nationalism in the New Racial Regimep. 115
Aborting the New Nationalismp. 122
The Rooseveltian Nation Ascendant, 1930-1940p. 128
A Kinder and Gentler Nation Builderp. 131
Radicalizing the Civic Nationalist Creedp. 139
Conservative Counterattackp. 156
The Survival of Racialized Nationalismp. 162
Good War,Race War,1941-1945p. 187
The Good War 189 Race Warp. 201
"Something Drastic Should Be Done" The Military's Hidden Race Warp. 210
Combat and White Male Comradeshipp. 220
The Cold War, Anticommunism, and Nation in Flux, 1946-1960p. 238
War, Repression, and Nation Buildingp. 241
The Red Scare and the Decline of Racial Nationalismp. 246
Racial Nationalism Redux: The Case of Immigration Reformp. 256
Civil Rights, White Resistance, and Black Nationalism, 1960-1968p. 268
Civil Rights and Civic Nationalismp. 270
"I Question America" The Crisis in Atlantic Cityp. 286
"Speaking as a Victim of This American System"p. 295
Vietnam, Cultural Revolt, and the Collapse of the Rooseveltian Nation, 1968-1975p. 311
A Catastrophic Warp. 313
The Spread of Anti-Americanism and the Revolt against Assimilationp. 327
The Collapse of the Rooseveltian Nationp. 342
Epilogue Beyond the Rooseveltian Nation, 1975-2000p. 347
Varieties of Multiculturalismp. 349
"A Springtime of Hope" Ronald Reagan and the Nationalist Renaissancep. 357
Reviving the Liberal Nationp. 365
Notesp. 375
Indexp. 439
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ISBN: 9780691089119
ISBN-10: 0691089116
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 31st March 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Type: Revised