Trucking Country

Trucking Country

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Trucking Country is a social history of long-haul trucking that explores the contentious politics of free-market capitalism in post-World War II America. Shane Hamilton paints an eye-opening portrait of the rural highways of the American heartland, and in doing so explains why working-class populist voters are drawn to conservative politicians who seemingly don't represent their financial interests. Hamilton challenges the popular notion of qred stateq conservatism as a devil's bargain between culturally conservative rural workers and economically conservative demagogues in the Republican Party. The roots of rural conservatism, Hamilton demonstrates, took hold long before the culture wars and free-market fanaticism of the 1990s. As Hamilton shows, truckers helped build an economic order that brought low-priced consumer goods to a greater number of Americans. They piloted the big rigs that linked America's factory farms and agribusiness food processors to suburban supermarkets across the country. Trucking Country is the gripping account of truckers whose support of post-New Deal free enterprise was so virulent that it sparked violent highway blockades in the 1970s. It's the story of qbanditq drivers who inspired country songwriters and Hollywood filmmakers to celebrate the qlast American cowboy, q and of ordinary blue-collar workers who helped make possible the deregulatory policies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and set the stage for Wal-Mart to become America's most powerful corporation in today's low-price, low-wage economy. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.The shutdowns failed to achieve any of the truckersa#39; stated aims, but they provided a public forum for truckers to ... Duke used their souped-up Dodge Chargera€”painted with Confederate symbols and named the a€œGeneral Leea€a€”to humiliate theanbsp;...

Title:Trucking Country
Author:Shane Hamilton
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2008-09-15


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