Trucking Country: The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy (Politics and Society in Modern America)

Trucking Country: The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy (Politics and Society in Modern America)

Shane Hamilton


Trucking Country is a social heritage of long-haul trucking that explores the contentious politics of free-market capitalism in post-World struggle II the United States. Shane Hamilton paints an eye-opening portrait of the agricultural highways of the yankee heartland, and in doing so explains why working-class populist electorate are attracted to conservative politicians who probably do not symbolize their monetary interests.

Hamilton demanding situations the preferred concept of "red kingdom" conservatism as a devil's cut price among culturally conservative rural staff and economically conservative demagogues within the Republican social gathering. The roots of rural conservatism, Hamilton demonstrates, took carry lengthy prior to the tradition wars and free-market fanaticism of the Nineteen Nineties. As Hamilton exhibits, truckers helped construct an financial order that introduced within your budget customer items to a better variety of american citizens. They piloted the large rigs that associated America's manufacturing unit farms and agribusiness meals processors to suburban supermarkets around the country.

Trucking Country is the gripping account of truckers whose aid of post-New Deal loose company used to be so virulent that it sparked violent road blockades within the Seventies. it is the tale of "bandit" drivers who encouraged state songwriters and Hollywood filmmakers to have a good time the "last American cowboy," and of standard blue-collar staff who helped make attainable the deregulatory regulations of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and set the degree for Wal-Mart to develop into America's strongest company in modern day low-price, low-wage economy.

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