Blue-Collar America

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Events Focusing on Blue-Collar Man

Prominence of ’Blue Collars’ in Silent Majority

A major component of the Nixon administration's “silent majority” has turned out to be an old friend of the Democrats: the blue-collar worker. Recent demonstrations of “hard hat” support for President Nixon and his policies on the Viet Nam War gave cheering evidence to the Republicans that a significant segment of the blue-collar population—in this instance, the construction workers—is breaking its 135-year attachment to the other major party. The general tone of the “hard hat” demonstrations and statements of participants in the violence that accompanied one of the demonstrations suggests strongly that many blue-collar workers view themselves as part of Nixon's “silent majority.” driven at last to speak out against the disrupters, the radicals, ...

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