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Rainbow at midnight : labor and culture in the 1940s

Author: George Lipsitz
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rainbow at Midnight details the origins and evolution of working-class strategies for independence during and after World War II. Arguing that the 1940s may well have been the most revolutionary decade in U.S. history, George Lipsitz combines popular culture, politics, economics, and history to show how war mobilization transformed the working class and how that transformation brought issues of race, gender, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Lipsitz
ISBN: 0252020944 9780252020940 0252063945 9780252063947
OCLC Number: 28848865
Notes: Revised edition of: Class and culture. 1981.
Description: vi, 359 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Why Write about Workers? --
Pt. 1. Class, Gender, and Race in Wartime, 1943-45. 1. Tradition, Turmoil, and Transformation: Three Wartime Workers. 2. "A Rainbow at Midnight": Women, Work, and Corporate Liberalism. 3. "Till Then": Hate Strikes, Black Self-activity, and Wartime Wildcats --
Pt. 2. Reconversion and General Strikes, 1945-46. 4. "A Few Selfish Men": The 1945 Strike Wave. 5. "We Will Not Go Back to the Old Days": The General Strikes Begin. 6. "Everything Stops Today": The General Strikes Spread --
Pt. 3. Politics and Power, 1947-50. 7. "More Radical Than Their Leaders": The Taft-Hartley Act. 8. "No Classes in This Country": Labor and the Cold War. 9. "Red Baiting at the Grass Roots": Evansville and Fairmont City --
Pt. 4. Class and Culture, 1945-53. 10. "Damn Foolishness": The Fight for Control at the Point of Production. 11. Corporate Culture, Conformity, and Commodities: The Fight for Moral Authority. 12. Reel America: The Working Class and Hollywood. 13. "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens": The Class Origins of Rock and Roll --
Conclusion: What Labor Lost, and Why.
Responsibility: George Lipsitz.

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Rainbow at Midnight details the origins and evolution of working-class strategies for independence during and after World War II. Arguing that the 1940s may well have been the most revolutionary decade in U.S. history, George Lipsitz combines popular culture, politics, economics, and history to show how war mobilization transformed the working class and how that transformation brought issues of race, gender, and democracy to the forefront of American political culture. This book is a substantially revised and expanded work developed from the author's heralded 1981 Class and Culture in Cold War America.

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