American Working-Class Literature An Anthology

ISBN-10: 0195144562

ISBN-13: 9780195144567

Edition: 2006

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American Working-Class Literature is an edited collection containing over 300 oieces of literature by, about, and in the interests of the working class in America. Organized in a broadly historical fashion, with texts are grouped around key historical and cultural developments in working-class life, this volume records the literature of the working classes from the early laborers of the 1600 up until the present. Though diverse genres including fiction, poetry, letter, andsong, this unique volume demonstrates the diverse voices of America's working-class population but also their potential solidarity across the many differences of identity and location. Introductions for each of the seven sections and brief essays preceding each selection provide information about the author'slife and writing, and accounts of the contexts - historical, artistic, political - in which that text was produced.
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List price: $85.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 960
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.146
Language: English

Early American Labor: Hard, Bound, and Free 1600s-1810s
"The Trappan'd Maiden: or, the Distressed Damsel" (mid-1600s)
"The Poor, Unhappy Transported Felon" (1680s)
"Gottlieb Mittelberger's Journey to Pennsylvania in the Year 1750 and Return to Germany in the Year 1754" (1754)
"Petition of a Grate Number of Blackes" to Thomas Gage, May 25, 1774
["I Was in Another World: The Slave Ship"] from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself (1789)
"To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for North America, Etc." (1773)
"A Sea Song"
"The Raising: A New Song for Federal Mechanics" by A. B. (1788)
"Address to the Journeymen Cordwainers L. B. of Philadelphia" (1794)
Tecumseh's Speech to the Osages (Winter 1811-12)
New Kinds of Work, Old Practices 1820s-1850s
Sorrow Songs and Spirituals
"Nobody knows de trouble I've seen"
"Steal away to Jesus"
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
"Many Thousand Gone"
"Bredden, don't git weary"
"The Sorrow Songs" (1903)
"Lecture Delivered at the Franklin Hall, Boston, September 21, 1832"
The Lowell Mill Girls
"A Second Peep at Factory Life" (1845)
"Letters to Her Father" (1845-1848)
"The Lowell Factory Girl"
"Characteristics of the Early Factory Girls" (1898)
"From The Same Cloth: For the Mill Girls, Lowell, Massachusetts, circa 1840" (1985)
["In the Shipyards"] (1845 and 1855)
"An Address to the Colored People of the United States" from The North Star (1848)
"The Paradise of Bachelors" and "The Tartarus of Maids" (1855)
"The Ship-Builders" (1850)
"Soliloquy of a Housemaid" (1854)
"The Working-Girls of New York" (1868)
"The Slave Mother" (1857)
"Keep her...She's real handsome and bright, and not very black, either."
"A Song for Occupations" (1855)
"The Wound-Dresser" (1865)
Nineteenth-Century Work Songs
"Peg An' Awl"
"Paddy Works on the Railway"
"The Housekeeper's Lament"
"The Farmer Is the Man"
"John Henry"
Beneath the Gilded Surface: Wording-Class Fictions and Realities, 1860-1890s
"Life in the Iron Mills" (1861)
"Eight Hours" (1866, poem; set to music, 1878)
"To Tramps" (1884)
Songs of the Knights of Labor
"Knights of Labor" (1898)
"Storm the Fort, Ye Knights" (1885)
"Thirty Cents a Day" (1892)
"America" (1890)
"Father Gander's Melodies" (1887)
"One More Battle to Fight" (1892)
The Battle of Homestead, 1892
AAISW Preamble (from the Constitution of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers)
"Tyrant Frick"
"A Man Named Carnegie"
"Father Was Killed by the Pinkerton Men"
"A Fight for Home and Honor"
"The Men in the Storm" (1894)
"Under the Lion's Paw" (1889)
"The Man with the Hoe" (1899)
"Lifelets: Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans" from the Independent
"A Georgia Negro Peon" (1904)
"The Autobiography A Labor Leader": James Williams (1902)
"A Negro Nurse" (1912)
"The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains" from China Men (1980)
Angel Island Poems by Chinese Immigrants (1910-1940)
Revolt, Represssion, and Cultural Formations: 1900-1929
"How I Became a Socialist" (1902)
"Statement to the Court" (1918)
Miners' and Other Labor Poems
"The Man Behind the Pick" (1903)
"Scab, Scab, Scab" (1904)
"The Eight Hour Day" (1904)
"A Colorado Miner's Fourth" (1905)
"Union Poem" (1909)
"Labor Speaks" (1909)
"Wadda Ya Want to Break Your Back for the Boss For" (c. 1917)
"The Worker," (1917)
"Political Prisoners" (1921)
"St. Peter and the Scab" (1923)
["The Hog-Squeal of the Universe"] from The Jungle (1906)
"The Apostate" (1906)
"Pinched": A Prison Experience (1907)
"A Cap Maker's Story" (1905)
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, March 25, 1911
"Requiem on the Triangle Fire" (1911)
Contemporary Poems on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
"The Triangle Fire"
"Four from Sonya," "I Am Appalled," "Survivor's Cento," "Sear"
"Sisters in the Flames"
"Rituals of spring (for the 78th anniversary of the shirtwaist factory fire)"
"Bread and Roses" (1914)
"The Walker" (1914)
"War in Paterson" (1913)
Fellow Workers: IWW Oral Histories
(from Solidarity Forever, An Oral History of the IWW 1985)
"Paterson had a prison-like feeling"
"Working the Docks"
"The March of the Mill Children" (1903)
The Wobblies, the "Little Red Song Book," and the Legacy of Joe Hill (1879-1915)
"Joe Hill-Martyred Troubador of Labor" from The Rebel Girl: My First Life (1906-1926)
"The Rebel Girl" (song) and letter to Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
From The Little Red Song Book (1913)
"Preamble of the Industrial Workers of the World"
"The Tramp"
"Solidarity Forever!"
"The Preacher and the Slave"
"The Popular Wobbly"
"Joe Hill's Last Will"
"Mourn Not the Dead"
"Joe Hill" (1928)
"A Dream of Joe Hill" (2000)
"Through the Needle's Eye: 1. Comrade Jesus
2. Quatrain" (1915)
"Chicago" (1916)
"Muckers" (1916)
"Child of the Romans" (1916)
from "The People, Yes" (1936)
"The Ghetto" (1918)
"The Free Vacation House" (1920)
"Billy's Birth," restored chapter of Weeds (1923)
Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance
"O Black and Unknown Bards" (1908)
"Reapers" (1923)
"The Harlem Dancer" (1917)
"If We Must Die" (1919)
"The Lynching" (1920)
"For a Lady I Know" (1925)
"From the Dark Tower" (1927)
"Ma Rainey" (1930)
"Scotty Has His Say" (1932)
"Call Boy" (1932)
"I Sit and Sew" (1920)
"Fragment" (c. 1930)
"Report to the Stockholders" (1925)
"Beaufort Tides" (1934)
"Last Speech to the Court" (1927)
["The Wanderlust in My Blood"] from Daughter of Earth (1929)
"Mining Families" 1937
Economic Depression and Cultural Resurgence: 1930s
"The Weary Blues" (1925)
"Johannesburg Mines" (1928)
"Christ in Alabama" (1931)
"Park Bench" (1934)
"Let America Be America Again" (1936)
"Office Building Evening" (pub. 1960)
"Words Property of the People" (1934)
"Life of the Mind, 1935" (1935)
"At Last the Women Are Moving" (1935)
"The Emergency Brigade at Flint" (1937)
"Go Left, Young Writers!" (1929)
"Jews and Christians" from Jews Without Money (1935)
Appalachia Voices
"Kentucky Miners' Wives Ragged Hungry Blues" (1932)
"I Am a Girl of Constant Sorrow"
"They Say Them Child Brides Don't Last: Florence Reece" from Hillbilly Women (1972)
"Which Side Are You On?" (1931)
"The Murder of Harry Simms"
"Commentary on Harry Simms" (1932)
"Harlan: Working Under the Gun" (1931)
"Among Elms and Maples, Morgantown, West Virginia, August, 1935" (1986)
"Mining Camp Residents, West Virginia, July, 1935" (1986)
"Long Story" (1992)
"Clods of Southern Earth: Introduction" (1946)
"Mountain Boy" (1931-1932?)
"Clodhopper" (1940)
"There's Anger in the Land" (1950)
"No Lonesome Road" (1940)
"I Am a Woman Worker": A Scrapbook of Autobiographies from the Summer Schools for Women Workers (1936)
"One Day of Labor"
"Bean Picking"
"The Piece-Work System"
"The President Visits the Mill"
["'Are You Bill's Broad?'"] from Sister of the Road: The Autobiography of Boxcar Bertha (1937)
"I Have Seen Black Hands" (1935)
"Fire and Cloud" (1938)
"I Want You Women Up North to Know" (1934)
"I Was Marching" (1934)
"Eroded Woman" (1948)
from The Book of the Dead (1938)
"The Road"
"Gauley Bridge"
"Praise of the Committee"
"The Disease"
"George Robinson: Blues"
"The Book of the Dead"
"Night Shift" (1934)
"Proletarian Night" (1934)
"Papermill" (1931)
"Worker Uprooted" (1932)
"Now that Snow Is Falling" (1930)
"Joe Hill Listens to the Praying" (1936)
"The Orange Bears" (1949)
"Monkey Nest Camp" from the Disinherited (1933)
"Geremio" from Christ in Concrete (1939)
["Three Hots and a Flop"] from Waiting for Nothing (1935)
["Polk County Blues"] from Mules and Men (1935)
"Starvation Under the Orange Trees" (1938)
["The spring is beautiful in California"] from The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
["Dust"] from Whose Names Are Unknown (2004)
from A Primer for Buford (1990)
"A Primer for Buford"
"Farm Children in the Grip of 1933"
"Via Dolorosa"
"You Can't Go Back"
"Okie Boy Boss at Puccinello's, 1936"
"Abdication Day"
"Picking Grapes, 1937"
"American Folk Music, 1937"
"Day of Return, August 4, 1986"
"Pretty Boy Floyd" (1939)
"1913 Massacre" (1945)
"Two Good Men" (1946)
"Christ for President" (circa 1938)
["Listening to the Little Girls' Song Drift Out Across the Dark Wind"] from Bound for Glory (1943)
Waiting for Lefty (1935)
"Zinc Works Craneman to Wed" (1936)
["The Moss Brothers Enter the Mill"] from Blood on the Forge (1941)
Affluence, Cold War, and the Other America: 1940s-1970s
"Like a Winding Sheet" (1946)
"If You Want to Know What We Are" (1940)
"The Story of a Letter" (1946)
["I'm Gertie Nevels from Ballew, Kentucky"] from The Dollmaker (1954)
"Like One of the Family" (1956)
"Sometimes I Feel So Sorry" (1956)
"Seventeen Syllables" (1949)
"Are You Now or Have You Ever Been" (c. 1952)
"Little Ballad for Americans, 1954"
"A Long Way Outside Yellowstone" (1940)
"Ars Poetica: or Who Lives in the Ivory Tower?" (1949)
"A Little Song About Charity" (1949)
"On the Memory of a Working-Class Girl" (1940s)
"O'Leary's Last Wish: In Case the Revolution Should Fail" (1940s)
"I Stand Here Ironing" (1956)
"Bronzeville Woman in a Red Hat" (1960)
"The Ballad of Rudolph Reed" (1960)
"The Blackstone Rangers" (1968)
"Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio" (1963)
"Honey" (1982)
"The Common Woman" (1969)
"The Honored Dead" (posthumous, 1983)
from Working (1972)
"Dolores Dante, waitress"
"Mike Lefevre, steelworker"
"The Lesson" (1972)
The New World Order and Its Consequences: 1980s to 2005
"You Can Have it" (1979)
"Among Children" (1992)
"What Work Is" (1992)
"Unemployment" (1983)
"The Death of Long Steam Lady" (1986)
from...y no se lo trago la tierra / And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1987)
"It's That It Hurts"
"And the Earth Did Not Devour Him"
"The Portrait"
"When We Arrive"
"Counting Tips" (1995)
"Whitman's Hands" (1991)
"Mother Witherup's Top Secret Cherry Pie" (1989)
excerpt from Generations: A Memoir (1976)
"At the cemetery, Walnut grove plantation, South Carolina, 1989" (1991)
"To Be of Use" (1973)
"Her Gifts" (2002)
"The Cultural Worker" (1992)
"Hard Times in the Valley" (1992)
"Blue Collar Goodbyes" (1992)
"My Father's Song" (1988)
"Final Solution: Jobs, Leaving" (1992)
"We Have Been Told Many Things" (1992)
from Borderlands/La Frontera (1987)
"We Call Them Greasers"
"To Live in the Borderlands Means You"
"the cleaning woman/labor relations #4" (1988)
"The Company of Widows" (2002)
"Crazy Hattie Enters the Ice Age" (1980)
"Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking" (1984)
"Making Do" (1986)
"The New Apartment, Minneapolis" (1988)
"Blessing" (1994)
"Faces in the Hands" (2000)
"Work" (1988)
"The Whistle" (1992)
"The Company Pool" (1999)
"Positivity Poster" (1999)
"Positivity Poster #75" (1999)
"Urgent Need for Blood" (1999)
"Positivity Poster #76" (1999)
"Lullaby" (1981)
"Mama" (1988)
["It was time to find a factory job"] from Stone Butch Blues (1990)
"Homage" (1984)
"Hanging in Solo" (1984)
"First Day on a New Jobsite" (1984)
"Wiretalk" (1984)
"Romero's Shirt" (1994)
"The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window" (1983)
"Perhaps the World Ends Here" (1994)
"The Story of My Village" (1999)
"Mileage" (1999)
"Release of the Spirit" (1999)
"Blue Collar" (1999)
"The Black Back-Ups" (1993)
"Heroes and Saints" (1983)
"The New Warden" (1979)
"So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans" (1982)
"Perfecto Flores" (1986)
"Awake in a Strange Landscape" (1994)
"Louise" (2002)
"The Rolling Rock Man" (1994)
"A Waitress's Instructions on Tipping" (1994)
"The Waitress Angels Speak to Me in a Vision (2002)
"The Cariboo Cafe" (1988)
"My Father" (1977)
"The Story of Glass" (1977)
"After the Deindustrialization of America" (1990)
"Toward the Heaven of Full Employment" (1990)
"Now" (1990)
"Digger Thinks About Numbers" (1985)
"Digger Goes on Vacation" (1985)
"Digger Laid Off" (2002)
"Digger, the Birthday Boy" (2002)
"Digger's Territory" (1989)
"Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper" (1993)
"The Toolmaker Unemployed" (1993)
"Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100" (2002)
"Lovey's Homemade Singer Sewing Class Patchwork Denim Hiphuggers" (1996)
"El Olor de Cansansio (The Smell of Fatigue)" (2000)
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