Eight Hours for What We Will Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920

ISBN-10: 052131397X

ISBN-13: 9780521313971

Edition: 1999

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Description: In the first comprehensive study of American working-class recreation, Professor Rosenzweig takes us to the saloons, the ethnic and church picnics, the parks and playgrounds, the amusement parks, and the movie houses where industrial workers spent their leisure hours. Focusing on the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, he describes the profound changes that popular leisure underwent. Explaining what these pastimes and amusements tell us about the nature of working-class culture and class relations in this era, he demonstrates that in order fully to understand the working class experience it is necessary to explore the realm of leisure. For what workers did in the corner saloon, the neighbourhood park, the fraternal lodge hall, the amusement park, and the nickelodeon had a good deal of bearing on what happened inside the factories, the union halls, and the voting booths of America's industrial communities.

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Context
Workers in an industrial city, 1870G++1920
Culture: The Working-Class World of the Late Nineteenth-Century
The rise of the saloon
Immigrant workers and the fourth of july
Conflict: Struggles Over Working-Class Leisure in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
The struggle over the saloon, 1870G++1910
The struggle over recreational space: the development of parks and playgrounds
The struggle over the fourth: the safe and sane july fourth movement and the immigrant working class
Culture, Conflict, and Change: The Working-Class World of the Early Twentieth Century
The commercialization of leisure: the rise of a leisure market and the persistence of the saloon
From rum shop to Rialto: workers and movies
Conclusion
Abbreviations used in notes
Notes
A note on sources
Index
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