The Climate of Class

Alice Echols

Univ of Southern California

Alice Echols is Professor of History and the Barbra Streisand Chair of Contemporary Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.  She has written four books that explore the culture and politics of the “long 1960s,” including Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin.  Her new book, Shortfall: Family Secrets, Financial Collapse and a Hidden History of American Banking, uncovers a devastating but long forgotten Depression-era banking scandal in the American West, a scandal that leads the author to question our routine idealization of Main Street business.  


In “The Climate of Class,” Alice Echols takes as her point of departure how biography and family history share considerable ground. At their most ambitious and satisfying each involves braided narratives in which a small... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Alice Echols (Univ of Southern California)

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P57 » Atmospheric Conditions: Biography and its Contexts (15:45 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment F)

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