American workers are not to blame for the rise of Trump-style conservatism. Condescending stereotypes about America's working classes keep us from solving today's critical problems of inequality, insecurity, and lack of opportunity.
In this talk, Cobble traces the surprising persistence of the myth of working-class conservatism. She explores the origins of the myth and the political and cultural effects of its popularity. Drawing on voting patterns and other evidence, she refutes the prevalent stereotypes about workers and makes a case for the progressive political sensibilities present among America’s working classes.