In Search of Working-Class Memory: Some Questions and a Tentative Assessment
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IT HAS BEEN said that "history is the daughter of memory" 1; given that, in recent years, historians have been wondering what the mother was like. Memory has become a central topic in social history and an increasing number of labor historians have become interested in the way workers remember their past rather than simply in the events that are part of it. What is the meaning of this shift of focus and what are its implications?