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Working-Class Hollywood:
Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America
Steven J. Ross

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe Rise of the Movies: Political Filmmaking and the Working Class1
Introduction3
1Going to the Movies: Leisure, Class, and Danger in the Early Twentieth Century11
2Visualizing the Working Class: Cinema and Politics before Hollywood34
3The Good, the Bad, and the Violent: Class Conflict and the Labor-Capital Genre56
4Making a Pleasure of Agitation: The Rise of the Worker Film Movement86
Pt. IIThe Rise of Hollywood: From Working Class to Middle Class113
5When Russia Invaded America: Hollywood, War, and the Movies115
6Struggles for the Screen: The Revival of the Worker Film Movement143
7Fantasy and Politics: Moviegoing and Movies in the 1920s173
8Lights Out: The Decline of Labor Filmmaking and the Triumph of Hollywood212
Epilogue: The Movies Talk But What Do They Say?240
Select Filmography259
Sources and Methods for Writing Film History263
Abbreviations277
Notes279
Index353

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