Baker & Taylor Contains a sweeping history of the model city that working class New Yorkers created after World War II and discusses how anti-communist sentiment in the 1950s and fiscal crisis in the 1970s combined to decimate the labor movement and bring a crushing blow to liberal idealism.
Norton Pub A sweeping history of the model city that working-class New Yorkers created after World War II--and its tragic demise. More than any other city in America, New York in the years after the Second World War carved out an idealistic and equitable path to the future. Largely through the efforts of its working class and the dynamic labor movement they built, New York City became the envied model of liberal America and the scourge of conservatives everywhere: cheap and easy-to-use mass transit, work in small businesses and factories with good wages and benefits, affordable public housing, and healthcare for all. Working Class New York is a moving account of the birth of that ideal and the ways it all came crashing down. With a keen eye for historical detail and a firm grasp of the intricacies of New York City politics, Freeman shows how the anticommunist purges of the 1950s decimated the ranks of the labor movement and demoralized its idealism, and how the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s dealt a crushing blow to liberal ideals as the city's wealthy elite made a devastating grab for power. A grand work of cultural and social history, Working Class New York is a moving chronicle of a dream that died but may yet rise again.
Book News Freeman (history and labor studies, Columbia U. and Queens College) tells the story of New York's post-war working-class majority and the impact it has had on the nation's largest city over the past half-century. Claiming that much of what has made New York great has come from the culture, sensibility, and political activism of this group, he shows how the anti-communist purges of the 1950s decimated the ranks of the labor movement and demoralized its idealism, and how the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s dealt a crushing blow to liberal ideals as the city's wealthy elite made an audacious grab for power. Contains an eight-page section of b&w photographs. Distributed by W.W. Norton. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)