Robyn Muncy

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Robyn Muncy is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is author most recently of Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America and is working on a history of the term "working class" in U.S. political culture.

The Strange Career of “the Working Class” in US Political Culture Since the 1950s: An Introduction

by on February 15, 2019

The working class currently has remarkable visibility in US political culture.  In defiance of a longstanding belief in America’s classlessness, even today’s sitting president publicly acknowledges America’s “working class.”  However dramatically Donald Trump is breaking some political norms, though, the particular way he uses the phrase working class is completely consistent with trends that have been emerging within mainstream US politics for decades.

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