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Working Class Studies

... General
The Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky, Lexington
Articles, information, and links dealing with all aspects of Appalachian history, culture, and politics. Strong on community activism and outreach.
In Motion
In Motion Magazine is a multicultural, online U.S. publication which promotes grassroots organizing and art for social change among communities of color and working people.
Standards: An International Journal of Multicultural Studies
Mission statement: "It is our aim to engage visual artists, writers, and thinkers around the world in an active dialogue on the appearance and effectiveness of cultural and postcolonial studies. By creating a forum that raises controversial issues, we hope to begin to define our places in the academies, the nations, and the communities in which we live. Work from these diverse arenas has begun to find a place in the serious study of art, literature and scholarship. We are committed to being a part of that process. STANDARDS is an expression of that commitment."
Z Net
A Website that extends the print Z Magazine's resources, Z Net often touches upon working class culture, as in Sandy Carter's "Wild and Blue: The Politics of Country"

Art & Photography

Appalachia Through the Eyes of Doris Ulmann: A Photograph Exhibit
A gallery exhibit at the Berea College Appalachian Museum, Berea, Kentucky. Doris Ulmann took thousands of photographs in Appalachia between 1927 and 1934.
Diego Rivera Museo Virtual/Virtual Museum: En Español and in English
A sampling of Rivera's work, including his murals, with a biographical chronology.
City Water Tunnel #3
A multi-media performance which tells the story of the planning, building, and financing of the largest non-defense public works project in the Western Hemisphere, a city water tunnel in New York City.
Made of Steel: A Photographic Portfolio of Men Who Work with Steel by Brooks Jensen.
"Made of Steel started as a single image of Dollar's Garage in 1981. Ten years and hundreds of garages, machinge shops and wonderful afternoons filled with stories, personal histories and photographic images later, it culminated in a gallery exhibition of 50 black-and-white matted and framed photographs. It was completed in 1990 and has shown at numerous locations around the USA. The Made of Steel Folios were an outgrowth of the original wall exhibition show." --From the introduction.

 

History

Richard S. Harris
"An urban historical geographer by trade, I teach and do research on housing and suburban development, mostly in North America in the first half of this century. " A sampling of his publications are available here. Several deal with working class issues in development, including the first chapter of his book Unplanned Suburbs.
The Museum of Slavery in the Atlantic
This isn't a real museum, but a site designed as a "site of memory" to the enslavement of Africans in modern times. Neither is it a visual exhibit, but a collection of informative essays, meant especially for classroom use.

Humor

Dilbert
An inspiration to office workers everywhere.

 
Pocho - Virtual Varrio
The Web home of Pocho, a magazine of pointed and irreverent satire. These are the guys responsible for the notorious "Hispanics For Wilson," which, among other things, advocated self-deportation for Mexican/Americans. Much to their astonishment, they were taken seriously by humor-impaired media people.
Carol*Simpson Home Page

Popular labor cartoons. "Laughs guaranteed to gag your boss!" 
 

Journalists, Pundits, Muckrakers

Michael Moore

Filmaker [Roger and Me, and the television series TV Nation and Canadian Bacon; Author of Downsize This!

Life Stories

Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19th Century America.
Part of the American South page at the University of North Carolina, this page includes electronic texts of many of the books listed. Two categories are of special working class interest: Narratives of Slavery and Autobiographies
American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology

A collection of oral history interviews of former slaves conducted by writers and journalists in the Works Progrress Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1938. Includes sound files of the original recorded interviews. 

Performing Arts

Appalshop
Appalshop is a media arts and education center in Whitesburg, Kentucky which produces and presents work which celebrates the culture and voices the concerns of people living in the Appalachian Mountains. Divisions include June Appal Music, Appalshop Films, and The American Festival Project.

Working Class Studies

The Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University
"The CWCS at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, is the only center of its kind in the United States devoted to the study of working-class life and culture. The CWCS creates social spaces for civic and academic conversations on working-class life and culture and its intersections with other identities and serves as a clearinghouse for information on working-class culture, issues, and pedagogy."
The site includes articles on teaching working class studies, bibliographies, resources, and useful links.


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