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ERIC Number: EJ999585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1555-9734
Informed, Passionate, and Disorderly: Uncivil Rhetoric in a New Gilded Age
Welch, Nancy
Community Literacy Journal, v7 n1 p33-51 2012
Little known about the now celebrated 1912 Bread and Roses strike is that prominent Progressive-era reformers condemned the strikers as "uncivil" and "violent." An examination of Bread and Roses' controversies reveals how a ruling class enlists middle-class sentiments to oppose social-justice arguments and defend a civil order--not for the good of democracy but against it. For today's teachers of public writing, the strikers' inspiring actions to push against civil boundaries and create democratic space can challenge us to rethink civility as an acontextual virtue and consider the class-struggle uses of unruly rhetoric for our new Gilded Age. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
Community Literacy Journal. Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse, DePaul University, 802 West Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Tel: 906-370-0206; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York; Vermont