Lisa Burrell

Lisa Burrell, a former associate editor of The American Prospect, writes about American music and culture.

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Workers United

Robert Bruno's Steelworker Alley: How Class Works in Youngstown 12.02.99 | reviewed by Lisa Burrell Black spots on his father's lungs convinced Robert Bruno it was time to reconnect with his family and his working-class roots. The result of his journey home is Steelworker Alley: How Class Works in Youngstown, a well- researched argument that the post- World War II working class remained consciously and contentedly distinct from the middle class. Drawing from his own experience as a mill hand's son and from interviews with more than 75 Youngstown-area steelworkers, Bruno highlights the workers' commitment to collective action and their us-versus-them relationship with both mill owners and managers. When Youngstown Sheet & Tube and U.S. Steel relocated in the late 1970s and Republic Steel went bankrupt in the mid-1980s, Bruno demonstrates, the "retired" workers retained their class identity and, in many cases, became more class conscious than they had been as mill employees. Bruno...