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Don't Overlook Labor's Place in American Folk Culture

The study of American folklore and folklife during the past seventy years has been limited almost exclusively to rural traditions. The folksongs and tales of backwoods America, crafts of mountain folk, the history, lifestyles, and beliefs of country people have been collected, cataloged, studied, and published, and information concerning them has been taught in colleges and universities across America. More recently, with the destruction of the myth of the "melting pot," the folkways of Afro-Americans, Spanish-speaking Americans, Amerindians, and of immigrant groups across our nation have been spotlighted for study along with the traditions

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