360 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 halftones, 2 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5629-8
Published: May 2020
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5628-1
Published: May 2020
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5630-4
Published: April 2020
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With painstaking research, Roll shows how the miners' choices reflected a deep-seated, durable belief that hard-working American white men could prosper under capitalism, and exposes the grim costs of this view for these men and their communities, for organized labor, and for political movements seeking a more just and secure society. Roll's story shows how American inequalities are in part the result of a white working-class conservative tradition driven by grassroots assertions of racial, gendered, and national privilege.
About the Author
Jarod Roll is associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Spirit of Rebellion: Labor and Religion in the New Cotton South and coauthor of The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor’s Southern Prophets in New Deal America
For more information about Jarod Roll, visit the Author Page.
“Poor Man’s Fortune does critical work in reconstructing the long history of the district (known as the Tri-State, including parts of Kansas and Oklahoma) and in placing workers at the center of a story with national and even international importance.”--Missouri Historical Review
"Roll offers a most provocative and important revision of American working-class history, and one cannot help but feel the drumbeat of post-2016 American politics reverberating throughout these pages."--Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Roll eschews simplistic explanations in this richly textured and exhaustively researched history. No other book explores this group of miners over such a long period of time, and Roll describes in painstaking detail how they adapted their individualistic aspirations to the shrinking opportunities available in a capitalist marketplace."--Ken Fones-Wolf, West Virginia University