Views of the Working Class Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Views of the Working Class
This essay compares authors Farrell Dobbs and Susan Porter Benson's outlooks on the working class.
# 119921 | 810 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This essay examines the impressions working class in the early twentieth century through comparing the works of Susan Porter Benson in "Counter Cultures, Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940" to that of Farrell Dobbs's series "Teamsters." The author finds Dobbs to have a more detailed accurate portrayal of working class life, providing audiences with an in-depth look into the working class struggles of that time. The paper highlights the authors' works and the areas in which they specialized their research. For example, Susan Porter Benson focused on the women's movement of the working class, whereas Farrell Dobbs focused on labor unions. The paper concludes with a discussion of unions, strikes and the movement to improve working conditions for the working class.

From the Paper:

"The "working class" labels formed early in the nineteenth century (Cody,). The "classes" are defined by various traits: occupation, education, manners, power, and social prestige (Wikipedia Encyclopedia). The working class consists of blue-collar workers and manual laborers. They can be either upper or middle class with skilled laborers at one and unskilled at the other (Cody,). These definitions and views of the working class are still perceived today. The working classes, as everyone knows, have various education and experience backgrounds."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Benson, Susan Porter. "Counter Cultures, Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940." 1986
  • Cody, David. "Social Class." May 2000, http:
  • Dobbs, Farrell. "Industrial Unionism and Labor Unity." May 1940. Volume 1 No. 1
  • Dobbs, Farrell. "The Unions and Politics." July 1940. Volume 1. No 3.
  • Preston, Peggy. "Advertising's Portrayal of Women in the Workplace from the 1930's and 1950's.

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