Lecture 17

Lecture 17 - Lecture 17 3/23/11 HIS 208 Herbert Gutman...

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Lecture 17 3/23/11 HIS 208 Herbert Gutman Leading historian of American working class, here at the U of R in 1960s Also knowledgeable on changes in the American black family Wrote book on American working class in 1976 The working class was continually altered by infusions of waves of different people who brought with them different habits, thoughts, feelings In 1880 63% of Londoners were born in London, 98% were from Great Britain Only 1.6% of London’s population was born in a foreign country Around 80% of city population in America was foreign immigrants Because of the radically disparate setup of American society, there was no real communication between racial/ethnic groups As a result, working class identity was not passed down from one generation to the next As a result, there was a loss of memory, there was no understanding of what previously had happened 20 years ago in slums because the ethnic groups living in the slums was constantly changing due to upward mobility The Democratic Party used a spoil system to give rewards to certain leaders of certain
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