"This book, being about work, is, by its very nature, about violence — to the spirit as well as to the body. It is about ulcers as well as accidents, about shouting matches as well as fistfights, about nervous breakdowns as well as kicking the dog around. It is, above all (or beneath all), about daily humiliations. To survive the day is triumph enough for the walking wounded among the great many of us."
- Studs Terkel, from the introduction to Working
, his oral history, where “people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do.” Hear audio of some of the 130 interviews
Terkel conducted for the book. It was published in 1974, during another time of great economic upheaval in America.