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Behind the Backlash

White Working-Class Politics in Baltimore, 1940-1980

Kenneth D. Durr (author)

ISBN: 9780807854334

Publication Date: Mar 2003

Format: Paperback

Challenging notions that the "white backlash" of the 1960s and 70s was driven by increasing race resentment, Durr examines white working-class life and politics in the neighbourhoods, workplaces and community institutions of blue-collar Baltimore in the decades after World War II.
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In this nuanced look at white working-class life and politics, Kenneth Durr takes readers into the neighborhoods, workplaces, and community institutions of blue-collar Baltimore in the decades after World War II. Challenging notions that the "white backlash" of the 1960s and 1970s was driven by increasing race resentment, Durr details the rise of a working-class populism shaped by mistrust of postwar liberalism in the face of urban decline. Exploring the effects of desegregation, deindustrialization, recession, and the rise of urban crime, Durr shows how legitimate economic, social, and political grievances convinced white working-class Baltimoreans that they were threatened more by the actions of liberal policymakers than by the incursions of urban blacks. While acknowledging the parochialism and racial exclusivity of white working-class life, Durr adopts an empathetic view of workers and their institutions. Behind the Backlash melds ethnic, labor, and political history to paint a rich portrait of urban life - and the sweeping social and economic changes that reshaped America's cities and politics in the late twentieth century.
Language English
Pages 304
Dimensions 235 x 156
Date Published 31 Mar 2003
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Public administration   Social discrimination  
Kenneth D. Durr is director of the History Division at History Associates Incorporated in Rockville, Maryland.

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