Class Matters by Steve Fraser
The Strange Career of an American Delusion

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The assurance that any of us can become part of the “propertied mastery” advances dog-eat-dog implications...Smart and sometimes snarky; a book to study up on before taking to the streets to protest things as they are.
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A uniquely personal yet deeply informed exploration of the hidden history of class in American life

From the decks of the Mayflower straight through to Donald Trump’s “American carnage,” class has always played a role in American life. In this remarkable work, Steve Fraser twines our nation’s past with his own family’s history, deftly illustrating how class matters precisely because Americans work so hard to pretend it doesn’t.

He examines six signposts of American history—the settlements at Plymouth and Jamestown; the ratification of the Constitution; the Statue of Liberty; the cowboy; the “kitchen debate” between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev; and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech—to explore just how pervasively class has shaped our national conversation. With a historian’s intellectual command and a riveting narrative voice, Fraser interweaves these examples with his own past—including his false arrest on charges of planning to blow up the Liberty Bell during the Civil Rights era—to tell a story both urgent and timeless.
 

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Steve Fraser is the author of Labor Will Rule: Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor, which won the Philip Taft Prize for the best book in labor history. He is also the co-editor of The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order. He received his Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University, and his work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, the American Prospect, Raritan, and Dissent. He lives in New York City.
 
Published March 20, 2018 by Yale University Press. 300 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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The assurance that any of us can become part of the “propertied mastery” advances dog-eat-dog implications...Smart and sometimes snarky; a book to study up on before taking to the streets to protest things as they are.

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