There was a time when America's working class was seen as the backbone of the American economy, having considerable political, economic, and moral authority. But the working class we have now has been marginalized, if not ignored, by politicians and pundits. This is changing, swiftly and dramatically. Today's working class is a sleeping giant. And as Tamara Draut makes abundantly clear, it is just now waking up to its untapped political power. Sleeping Giant is the first major examination of the new working class and the role it will play in our economic and political future. Blending moving individual narratives, historical background, and sophisticated analysis, Draut forcefully argues that this newly energized class is far along in the process of changing America for the better. Draut examines the legacy of exclusion based on race and gender that contributes to the invisibility of the new working class, despite their entwinement in everyone's day-to-day life. No longer confined to the assembly line, today's working class watches our children and cares for our parents. They park our cars, screen our luggage, clean our offices, and cook and serve our meals. They are us.
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"Narrator Tanya Eby's tone perfectly fits this cogent reporting on how employers large and small fail working-class people in the U.S. The startling inequities she shares--brutal working conditions and systematic corporate and government suppression of wages--are egregious enough to justify a hectoring tone. But the equanimity in her voice better allows this information to help create public awareness about the feudal conditions in much of the retail, service, construction, and healthcare sectors; the hidden costs of low wages to families; and the government agencies called upon to help them survive. Many in the working class are people of color, and their awakening to their demographic power will surely move our culture toward more equitable pay and working conditions. T.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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