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Poor Man's Fortune – White Working-Class Conservatism in American Metal Mining, 1850-1950 - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Poor Man's Fortune: White Working-Class Conservatism in American Metal Mining, 1850-1950

Jarod Roll


White working-class conservatives have played a decisive role in American history, particularly in their opposition to social justice movements, radical critiques of capitalism, and government help for the poor and sick. While this pattern is largely seen as a post-1960s development, Poor Man’s Fortune tells a different story, excavating the long history of white working-class conservatism in the century from the Civil War to World War II. With a close study of metal miners in the Tri-State district of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, Jarod Roll reveals why successive generations of white, nati ... More

Keywords: labor, conservatism, working-class conservatism, white working-class, miners, mining, capitalism, men, health, safety

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469656298
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jarod Roll, author
University of Mississippi