Blue-Collar Cosmopolitans: Toward a History of Working-Class Sophistication

Lecture Description

The essay recasts the concept of cosmopolitanism in a working-class context. Reading habits, travel, political activism, and cultural activities shaped a range of “blue-collar cosmopolitans” – Pullman Porters, sailors, hobos, and others –from the early through the mid-twentieth century. The general impression is one of much greater working-class sophistication than we normally envision.

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Labor and Working Class Social and Cultural

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