Business: The Blue Collar Worker's Lowdown Blues

THE competing power groups that make up the American system have never operated in complete harmony. They have moved ahead according to the clout—electoral, financial and sometimes moral—that they could muster. During the 1960s, the blacks, the poor and the young spoke up and pushed forward. The blue collar workers, who sweated in the mines and factories, built the roads and drove the halftracks, seemed to accept stoically the role of providers and members of the Silent Majority. No longer. Today they are making themselves heard as...

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