The author of this book, Daniel Flynn, argues that blue-collar intellectuals were a uniquely 20th century American phenomenon. Public libraries donated by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie enabled the working class to educate themselves, and then cheap printing and communications advances enable them to share their knowledge with others. There was a big demand for the books written by blue-collar intellectuals throughout most of the 20th century because there was widespread demand from ordinary grassroots Americans to read good books for intellectual betterment. The author deplores the fact that American lifestyles have changed: the highly educated do not try to reach out to ordinary people, and the average American doesn't feel a demand for intellectual betterment. The name of this book is by Daniel Flynn Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Everyman Elevated America.
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