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We Shall Not Overcome

Populism and Southern Blue-Collar Workers

By Robert Emil Botsch

252 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9625-9
    Published: January 2011
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4808-8
    Published: August 2018

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Botsch samples current attitudes of southern blue-collar workers, both black and white, toward work and race and questions whether these workers can overcome racial barriers to form a populist-style coalition aimed at improving their shared economic condition. A strong sense of individualism, a general distrust of the government, and a failure to see links between daily personal problems and political choices are major deterrants to political action.

Originally published in 1981.

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