The Classics and the Working Class


Rob Lopresti writes "Everyone knows that uneducated bluecollar workers have no use for Shakespeare, the Iliad, or poetry. But is everyone right? Jonathan Rose argues, with plenty of evidence, that miners, mill workers, and servants have always had a fondness for such stuff. The most fascinating part of the article is the patronizing words of Marxists and the like who decided that the classics were bad for the workers. Full Story"


The original Carnegie grants were often made to help education of workers.
In some cases public libraries have inherited the education of the working class tradition: For instance, in Lawrence, MA (home of the "bread and Roses" strike) there exists in a special collection the books which were attached to one education of the worker project from the l9th and early 20th century. Such efforts were sometimes sponsored by churches who drew their members from the workers they were trying to "uplift"

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