Sherry Linkon

Sherry Linkon

Sherry Linkon, a professor of English at Georgetown University, edits the blog Working-Class Perspectives and is working on a book about the literature of deindustrialization. She earned her Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Minnesota and spends her summers in Youngstown, Ohio. Follow her on Twitter: @WCPerspectives.

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Friday, November 04, 2016
Memo to the Next President: Don’t Forget the Working Class
At the end of most US presidential elections, most Americans are ready to see the last of campaign ads, social media commentaries and tension-fraught news coverage. That’s even more true this year. But more than in most recent elections, we shouldn’t expect the frustrations and divisions that have...
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In 2008, a year Democrats won Ohio, Bruce Springsteen played a concert in Cleveland for the campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama. Obama and his wife Michelle took the stage to greet The Boss with his wife, Patti Scialfa. Views
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
‘Rich Enough To Forget My Name’: Springsteen, Trump and the Democratic Party
In 1996, Bruce Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad tour stopped in Youngstown. In the intimate setting of Stambaugh Auditorium, he dedicated his song about this struggling steel town to the community and a displaced steelworker family. The song was based on interviews with Joe Marshall and his son, Joe...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Hillary Clinton Needs To Declare the Trade War Lost
In a close race, every constituency is key — including the long-neglected. A new New York Times analysis of likely voters shows the percentage of white voters without a college degree who say they’re planning to vote for the Republican candidate is exactly the same as it was four years ago. Clinton...
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
What Trump’s Youngstown Problem Says About Campaign 2016
This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. Because of its potential for producing crossover Democratic votes for him in this year’s presidential race, Republican nominee Donald Trump has been paying a lot of attention to Youngstown, Ohio this year. This week, the old mill town gave him the kind of...
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Friday, August 19, 2016
The Half-Life of Deindustrialization: Why Donald Trump Is Just A Symptom
Every four years, the white working class gets a fresh round of attention from candidates and the media. At campaign stops in Rust Belt cities, candidates promise to fix the economy, while pundits yet again claim that white working-class voters are the key to election victory. The pattern is being...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
What We Can Learn From Melania Trump’s, Um, Flattery of Michelle Obama
In all the uproar about Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic convention speech — a gaffe worthy of note, of course — we should not ignore the ideals both women touted: work hard, be honest and reliable, respect others, make a better life for the next generation. These are...
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