Radical Routes

Anarchist Alliances: Transnational and Multiethnic Radicalism in San Francisco, 1889-1940 — Kenyon Zimmer
Jesuits and Labor Justice in St. Louis from 1891 to 1962 — Ken Homan, SJ
From the Coal Mines to the Black Panther Party: The Strange Path Towards Empowerment of Chicago’s Urban Appalachians — Noel Lopez
Pipeline Cats and Tankies: Building the Texas Oil Infrastructure — Sarah Stanford-McIntyre

To Collect and Preserve: The State of State-Level CBA Collections in the U.S.

Battles over public sector collective bargaining rights have played out on the news, in legislative sessions, and through public demonstration. However, these public policy debates often occur without ready public access to the CBAs that trace and describe the working conditions and employment relationships in dispute. Inspired by Cornell University’s digital collection of New York […]

The Road Not Taken in the War on Poverty: Recovering the Postwar Movement for a Full Employment Policy

After the Great Depression, industrialized democracies embraced fiscal, trade, and industrial policies that “guaranteed” a certain level of employment, often bracketed with training, education, and income maintenance programs for youth, elderly, and other vulnerable labor groups. This international movement came to the United States as well, beginning in earnest with the 1945-46 Murray-Wagner bill, the “last […]

Their Own Worst Enemies? How Union Factionalism Undermined Economic and Social Equality, 1941-1970

This panel explores how union factionalism undermined workers’ efforts to achieve economic and social equality in the twentieth century. In her paper, “Fighting for Democracy within the Ranks: The Case of the Minneapolis Teamsters, 1941 – 1943,” Donna T. Haverty-Stacke examines how internecine fights over control of Teamsters Local 544 waged between 1941 and 1943—bitter, […]

Madams, Milk Dumps, and Mobilizations: Workers’ Labor and Lives in the American Midwest

The Midwest provides an important lens for examining employer tactics for controlling workers, as well as working-class strategies for resisting these methods of creating inequality. From the 1870s to the present, the Midwestern political and social landscape revealed both progressive ideals and engaged citizenry. Both active social agents and official policymakers from the early roots […]

Approaches to Anti-Unionism in the 20th Century South

The organization of labor in the American South was historically distinct from the United States as a whole from the eighteenth through to the twentieth centuries. Businesses in the South operated on different philosophical and methodological planes in negotiating the region’s complicated racial politics and, in the twentieth century, in conflicts with the labor movement. […]