'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Saturday, November 01, 2008

He Gave Voice to the Voiceless 

Studs Terkel created a body of work that constitutes a bridge to an earlier time, a time when the US valued production instead of finance, manufacture and service instead of speculation. He related the experiences of those who labored to create the world we see around us. Even though he retained his hope that this country could be rendered more fair, more just, indeed, more socialist, he must have been saddened by the introversion that has so personified the working class of this country in recent decades. His insistence upon recording the lived experience of working Americans was in marked contrast to the elitism that has historically colored our media and educational system. He never lost contact with the humanism of his childhood and the Great Depression.

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