Behind the Backlash: White Working-Class Politics in by Kenneth D. Durr

By Kenneth D. Durr

During this nuanced examine white working-class lifestyles and politics in twentieth-century the USA, Kenneth Durr takes readers into the neighborhoods, offices, and neighborhood associations of blue-collar Baltimore within the a long time after international conflict II. difficult notions that the "white backlash" of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies was once pushed through expanding race resentment, Durr information the increase of a working-class populism formed via distrust of the capability and ends of postwar liberalism within the face of city decline. Exploring the results of desegregation, deindustrialization, recession, and the increase of city crime, Durr exhibits how valid financial, social, and political grievances confident white working-class Baltimoreans that they have been threatened extra by means of the activities of liberal policymakers than via the incursions of city blacks. whereas acknowledging the parochialism and racial exclusivity of white working-class existence, Durr adopts an empathetic view of staff and their associations. at the back of the Backlash melds ethnic, exertions, and political background to color a wealthy portrait of city life--and the sweeping social and fiscal alterations that reshaped America's towns and politics within the overdue 20th century.

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72 Migrants from the mountain South were subject to discrimination rooted in a tenacious ‘‘hillbilly’’ stereotype. South Baltimore merchants wanted their money, but most other residents wanted them gone. 73 More disliked the leisure activities on which they spent those wages. ’’ 74 ‘‘This part of town had a bad name,’’ one second-generation Italian woman recalled later; ‘‘the bars were lousy . . ’’ 75 ‘‘Lousy’’ or not, the bars were also becoming increasingly unfamiliar places to Baltimore natives.

142 Bethlehem’s Sparrows Point Shipyard is a case in point. S. 143 If experience had been a determining factor, then Sparrows Point would have been peaceful. 144 In late July 1943 fifteen blacks were admitted to a training school for riveters at the Sparrows Point Shipyard. The news soon spread to the riveting department, and after white riveters walked out in protest, the company removed the blacks from the class. When eight hundred black employees gathered to demand that the company resume the training, management— with approval from union leadership—complied.

143 If experience had been a determining factor, then Sparrows Point would have been peaceful. 144 In late July 1943 fifteen blacks were admitted to a training school for riveters at the Sparrows Point Shipyard. The news soon spread to the riveting department, and after white riveters walked out in protest, the company removed the blacks from the class. When eight hundred black employees gathered to demand that the company resume the training, management— with approval from union leadership—complied.

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