The Newberry Library Seminar in Labor History
Co-sponsored by the Chicago and Urbana Campuses of the University of Illinois and the Labor and Working Class History Association
October 3, 2003
Jefferson Cowie, Cornell University
Last Days of the Working-Class: A Social History of 1970s Popular Culture
Common people and the problem of class returned to commercial popular culture in the 1970s with an unprecedented frequency and complexity. This paper analyzes how the social history of the decade was interpreted through an unresolved tension between the old social realist imagery of the thirties and forties and the politics of the new social movements of the 1960s. Rather than a lasting revival of the working-class in song and screen, the aesthetics and politics produced by this tension essentially marked the end of the working class in American popular culture.
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The full schedule for this and other Scholl Center seminars is available at our website.
Scholl Center for Family abd Community History
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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