The Unmaking of the American Working Class

The Unmaking of the American Working Class

By Reg Theriault

New Press, Hardcover, 9781565847620, 211pp.

Publication Date: February 2003

Drawing on his experiences as a veteran longshoreman and fruit tramp, Reg Theriault, author of How to Tell When You're Tired, which Robert Heilbroner called "extraordinary, " describes the blue-collar culture and ethics that have defined America, and cxplains why they are worth preserving in the face of globalization and downsizing.

The Unmaking of the American Working Class tells the story behind the disappearance of blue-collar work in America, giving both a humorous picture of working-class labor and a devastating indictment of the forces that threaten it. Whether Republican or Democratic, every administration since World War II has fostered the destruction of large segments of the blue-collar working class. Theriault maintains that America is the poorer for such action, and argues that our society doesn't need to destroy this vital part of itself. Written for all workers, whatever color their collars, The Unmaking of the American Working Class takes a fresh look at the politics of work and its place in our society.

About the Author
Reg Theriault's first job was nailing packing crates together during the California fruit harvest, followed by a long career as a fruit tramp in the western United States. Now retired from longshoring, he lives in San Francisco.