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

By Jefferson R. Cowie

A wide-ranging cultural and political background that might perpetually redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin’ Alive is prize-winning historian Jefferson Cowie’s outstanding account of ways working-class the US hit the rocks within the political and fiscal upheavals of the Seventies. during this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, half hard work historical past, with huge doses of yankee tune, movie and tv lore—Cowie, with “an ear for the facility and poetry of vernacular speech” (Cleveland simple Dealer), finds America’s attention-grabbing direction from emerging earning and optimism of the recent Deal to the widening monetary inequalities and dampened expectancies of the present.

Winner of the 2011 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of yank Historians for the simplest booklet on American History

Winner of the 2011 Merle Curti Prize from the association of yankee Historians for the simplest publication in American Social History

Winner of the 2011 exertions background top booklet Prize

Winner of the 2011 top ebook Award from the United organization for exertions Education

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Sixty three nixon’s cl ass st rug g l e 159 IX as soon as George McGovern’s nomination used to be safe, his candidacy gave the president the range essential to painting himself because the candidate of the workingman and the Democrats as captured by way of the main effete and decadent components of the permissive new liberalism. because the administration’s “Assault publication” for the autumn presidential contest argued, because the crusade progresses, we must always more and more painting McGovern because the puppy radical of jap Liberalism, the darling of the hot York instances, the hero of the Berkeley Hill Jet Set; Mr. Radical stylish. The liberal elitists are his—we need to come back the operating humans; and the higher we painting McGovern as an elitist radical, the smaller his political base. via November, he can be postured because the Establishment’s fair-haired boy, and RN postured because the Candidate of the typical guy, the operating guy. part jokingly, Buchanan and the opposite strategists prompt pushing even extra into the lion’s den, via suggesting that the Republicans take over the normal position the place Democrats introduced their fall crusade: “How approximately RN going to Cadillac sq. on hard work Day this year!! ” McGovern helped by way of being unwise adequate to tease that he might surrender his 1965 vote opposed to the repeal of 14(b) of Taft-Hartley (the “Right-to-Work” provision), a comparatively minor fl aw in a pro-labor balloting list that the AFL-CIO had bludgeoned him with, if Meany may proclaim that he was once flawed approximately Vietnam and the chilly conflict. Th is, after all, was once a gold mine for the Nixon management as all of the staff needed to do used to be stay up for newshounds to invite even if Meany, most likely the second one so much renowned chilly warrior within the kingdom after Nixon, might resign a life of militant anti-communism. sixty four The facts of Nixon’s newly came across mettle at the hard work factor got here through the Republican platform fight. Ever because the New Deal, it have been Republican orthodoxy to say to protect the country and unfastened company opposed to the corrupting forces of the hard work bosses. They extolled the virtues of the middle antilabor legislation, Taft-Hartley and Landrum-Griffin, “as in the event that they were written into the Constitution,” defined Theodore White. while the Republican delegates at the Platform Committee amassed jointly to shine up the outdated antiunion shibboleths in 1972, despite the fact that, they have been stopped of their tracks through Richard Nixon. In his passionate wish to seduce the blue-collar vote away 160 wish in t he confu sion, – from the Democrats, he despatched John Ehrlichman to supervise the crafting of the platform to make sure that the social gathering could unilaterally finish its official conflict with hard work. for this reason, the platform praised “the nation’s exertions unions for advancing the health not just in their participants but additionally of our complete free-enterprise approach. ” It used to be Nixon’s much less recognized détente. “We salute,” declared the Republican platform, “the statesmanship of the hard work union move. ” the fellow who declared he got here to Congress “to break the exertions bosses” in 1947 was once now pointing out “There may be no anti-labor plank during this platform.

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