- Title Pages
- Part I Shaping Myself, Shaping History
- Chapter 1 Writing and Rewriting Labor’s Narrative
- Chapter 2 Supply-Chain Tourist; or, How Globalization Has Transformed the Labor Question
- Chapter 3 Historians as Public Intellectuals
- Part II Capital, Labor, and the State
- Chapter 4 Tribunes of the Shareholder Class
- Chapter 5 “The Man in the Middle”
- Chapter 6 From Corporatism to Collective Bargaining
- Chapter 7 Communism On the Shop Floor and Off
- Part III The Rights Revolution
- Chapter 8 Opportunities Found and Lost
- Chapter 9 The Lost Promise of the Long Civil Rights Movement
- Chapter 10 A New Era of Global Human Rights
- Part IV The Specter on the Right
- Chapter 11 The United States in the Great Depression
- Chapter 12 Market Triumphalism and the Wishful Liberals
- Chapter 13 Did 1968 Change History?
- Chapter 14 Bashing Public Employees and Their Unions
- Part V Intellectuals and Their Ideas
- Chapter 15 C. Wright Mills
- Chapter 16 Harvey Swados
- Chapter 17 B. J. Widick
- Chapter 18 Jay Lovestone
- Chapter 19 Herbert Hill
- Chapter 20 Do Graduate Students Work?
- Chapter 21 Why American Unions Need Intellectuals
- The Working Class in American History
- Production Credits
- (p.222) Chapter 16 Harvey Swados
- A Contest of Ideas
- University of Illinois Press
This chapter presents a portrait of Harvey Swados, whose novels, stories, and spirited reportage in the last decade and a half of his life helped uncover the political and social drama that unfolds in the daily routine of every American workplace. Nothing he wrote accomplished this with more power and insight than the series of interconnected short stories called On the Line, which first appeared in the fall of 1957. This humane and sympathetic portrait of the psychological and social brutality inherent in midcentury factory work injected a moral urgency into the understanding of manual labor at a time, early in the postwar era, when most literary and political intellectuals were convinced that all meaning had been drained from the toil still required of so many millions.
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