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Schlozman and Verba: Unemployment, class consciousness, and radical politics

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Schlozman and Verba. 1977. Unemployment, class consciousness, and radical politics: What didn't happen in the thirties. Journal of Politics 39 (1977): 291-323.

Main Point

The authors found an old Roper survey from 1939 and used it to confirm an old piece of conventional wisdom: Even the unemployed during the Depression had little sense of class consciousness; instead, even the poor saw themselves as "middle class" and believed in American ideals of rugged individualism and optimism about the future.

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