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Winner of the Society of American Historians 2011 Francis Parkman Prize

A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin Alive is a remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s. In this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American music, film, and TV lore&mdashCowie, with “an ear for the power and poetry of vernacular speech” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), reveals Americas fascinating and little-understood path from the rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.

Hailed by Rick Perlstein in The Nation as “one [of] our most commanding interpreters of recent American experience,” prizewinning labor historian Jefferson Cowie takes us from the factory floors of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Detroit to the Washington of Nixon, Ford, and Carter, connecting politics and culture, and showing how the big screen and the jukebox can help us understand how America turned away from the radicalism of the 1960s and toward the patriotic promise of Ronald Reagan.

Published to great acclaim in hardcover, Stayin Alive captures nothing less than the defining characteristics of a new era—a history with profound relevance for our own times.

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A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin Alive is prize-winning historian Jefferson Cowies remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s. In this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American music, film and television lore—Cowie, with “an ear for the power and poetry of vernacular speech” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), reveals Americas fascinating path from rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.

Winner of the 2011 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for the Best Book on American History

Winner of the 2011 Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the Best Book in American Social History

Winner of the 2011 Labor History Best Book Prize

Winner of the 2011 Best Book Award from the United Association for Labor Education

About the Author

Jefferson Cowie is an associate professor of history at Cornell University. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCAs Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor (The New Press), which received the 2000 Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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ISBN:
9781595587077
Author:
Cowie, Jefferson R.
Publisher:
New Press
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Winner of the Society of American Historians 2011 Francis Parkman Prize

A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin Alive is a remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s. In this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American music, film, and TV lore&mdashCowie, with “an ear for the power and poetry of vernacular speech” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), reveals Americas fascinating and little-understood path from the rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.

Hailed by Rick Perlstein in The Nation as “one [of] our most commanding interpreters of recent American experience,” prizewinning labor historian Jefferson Cowie takes us from the factory floors of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Detroit to the Washington of Nixon, Ford, and Carter, connecting politics and culture, and showing how the big screen and the jukebox can help us understand how America turned away from the radicalism of the 1960s and toward the patriotic promise of Ronald Reagan.

Published to great acclaim in hardcover, Stayin Alive captures nothing less than the defining characteristics of a new era—a history with profound relevance for our own times.

"Synopsis" by ,
A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin Alive is prize-winning historian Jefferson Cowies remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s. In this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American music, film and television lore—Cowie, with “an ear for the power and poetry of vernacular speech” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), reveals Americas fascinating path from rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.

Winner of the 2011 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for the Best Book on American History

Winner of the 2011 Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the Best Book in American Social History

Winner of the 2011 Labor History Best Book Prize

Winner of the 2011 Best Book Award from the United Association for Labor Education

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