Plain Folk

Plain Folk

The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans

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Plain Folk depicts both the ordinary occupations and ethnic and racial diversity of America at the turn of the century. Katzman and Tuttle have drawn upon 75 brief autobiographies or "lifelets" of working-class Americans published between 1902 and 1906 in The Independent magazine. Among the seventeen life stories included here are those of a Lithuanian stockyards worker in Chicago, a Polish sweatshop girl and a Chinese merchant in New York City, a black peon in rural Georgia, and a Swedish farmer in Minnesota. Together they provide an unmediated and seldom-seen view of American life during this period.
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1983.
Edition: Illini Books ed.
ISBN: 9780252009068
Branch Call Number: 973.91 PLA
Characteristics: xx, 198 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Independent (New York, N.Y.)


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Oct 31, 2017

Individual essays are fascinating, although intros are not insightful, just redundant. Shows that today's problems are nothing new: sexual harassment, slavery by other names, immigration. Good insight into every day life at the start of the twentieth century.


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