Cover for burns: Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero. Click for larger imageSean Burns’s recent biography of folklorist Archie Green is the subject of an extended review in Daily Yonder.

“Fascinating and insightful. . . . Burns provides an absorbing account of Archie’s experience in student politics in the early Depression years. For example, he worked with his father in the Democratic Party campaign for governor of socialist Upton Sinclair.  By his senior year at Berkeley 1938-1939, Green’s activities in the Democratic Party had begun to reflect the New Deal ethos.  But it was the conflict between San Francisco maritime labor leaders Harry Bridges and Harry Lundeberg and Archie’s work life between 1939 and 1943 that seem to have been decisive in shaping his political outlook.”

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