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The Working Man

Studs Terkel

The Working Man

Today is Labor Day – a day to celebrate working men and women. When I think about the working man, Studs Terkel immediately comes to mind. His oral history, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do was published in 1974. (New Press released a graphic adaptation of the book by Harvey Pekar in 2009).

Work is about a daily search for meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor, in short for a sort of life, rather than a Monday-to-Friday sort of dying.
—Studs Terkel, Working

Check out Studs in action. There’s a wonderful story about Labor Day that starts around the 2:30 mark…

Visit New Press to buy copies of his books.

Studs spent most of his 96 years championing the working man. So, on this Labor Day, I’d like to salute Studs Terkel: Working Man.

For your listening pleasure – Johnny Cash sings Merle Haggard’s, Workin’ Man Blues:

David Isaacson
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