Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and Economy in the History of the US Working Class

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Verso, 1986 - History - 320 pages
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Prisoners of the American Dream is Mike Davis's brilliant exegesis of a persistent and major analytical problem for Marxist historians and political economists: Why has the world's most industrially advanced nation never spawned a mass party of the working class? This series of essays surveys the history of the American bourgeois democratic revolution from its Jacksonian beginnings to the rise of the New Right and the re-election of Ronal Reagan, concluding with some bracing thoughts on the prospects for progressive politics in the United States.
 

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Contents

Why the American Working Class is Different
3
The Barren Marriage of American Labor and
52
The New Rights Road to Power
157
The Political Economy of Late Imperial America
181
Reaganomics Magical Mystery Tour
231
The Lesser Evil? The Left the Democrats and 1984
256
Inventing the American Left
301
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Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa'aloa, Hawaii.

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