Studs Terkel

For more than a half-century, Studs Terkel, who died on Oct. 31 at 96, had an ongoing conversation with America. This elfin-looking man, usually dressed in a red-plaid shirt, ventured out into the unfamiliar with tape recorder in hand and spoke with people whom he liked to call the etceteras of the world. In his presence, they mattered. He knew they had something to say--about race, about class, about work, about hope, about community. About America.

If you want to try to understand the perplexing character of this nation, turn to Working or Race, or any of Terkel's numerous other works....

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