Against the Grain

The Riddle of the Middle Class

Each election year, politicians make endless appeals for the votes of the middle class. But who, and what, is the middle class? David Roediger looks at the political history of an unwieldy category, from its Cold War role as a bulwark against Communism to the Democratic Party’s rebranding of working class voters to the radical left’s understanding of the middle class or classes.


David G. Roediger, The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History OR Books, 2020