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Labor PainsNew Deal Fictions of Race, Work, and Sex in the South$
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Christin Marie Taylor

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496821775

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496821775.001.0001

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Introduction Black Folk Work

Introduction Black Folk Work

New Deal–Era Feeling and Desire

(p.3) Introduction Black Folk Work
Labor Pains

Christin Marie Taylor

University Press of Mississippi

In the 1930s there was a sharp uptick in the reference to and articulation of an American working class. This surge was in no small part because the New Deal–era Popular Front relied on the idea and the romance of the worker. This working class became the centerpiece of a range of artistic expressions. New Deal–era images are perhaps the clearest examples of a national focus on everyday people at work. Representations of laborers appeared in a variety of mediums, at times to signal a united nation on the brink of a brighter tomorrow, and at other times to challenge the nation....

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