Race and Class in Labor, Art, and Literature

The Home Economics of Art Collecting: Searching for Class Identity in the Papers of Fanny Ellison — Tracy Floreani
Portrayals of Working Class Life in Toni Morrison’s Literary Works — Robin Brooks
Sucio and Specter: Play and the Absent Father in Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her — Christian Aguiar

Striking during the Twilight Years of Labor-Liberalism

The 1968-1969 Lone Star Steel Strike: The Strengths and Limits of Industrial Unionism in the Rural Sun Belt South — David Anderson
‘Above and Beyond the Law’: Illegal Teacher Strikes and the Crisis of Labor-Liberalism in the 1970s — John Shelton
The 1975 Pine Bluff Fire Fighters Strike and the Collapse of New Deal Liberalism in Arkansas — Michael Pierce

Debs and DuBois

God Bless You, Mr. Debs: Eugene V. Debs and the 1960s Working Class in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater — Carly Psenicka
The Stand of a House of Labor: The Eugene V. Debs Foundation, and the placement of labor in public memory in twenty-first century America — Wesley Bishop
“No Moses to Lead Them”: W. E. B. Du Bois’ Concept of the General Strike — Scott Henkel

Citizenship, Health, and the Bracero Program

This proposed panel brings together exciting new historical scholarship on contract labor migration from Mexico to the United States. Our goal is to contribute to the on-going revision and reassessment of the Bracero Program and its place in the histories of both Mexico and the U.S. The papers come together around two important and interrelated […]

Public Workers and Their Unions in the Age of Unraveling

In the decades following World War II, public-sector employment emerged as a critical but contested aspect of American economic and political life. The ranks of public workers swelled as government expanded at all levels; moreover, government jobs took on new material significance as incipient deindustrialization reordered local, regional, and national labor markets. A dramatic uptick […]

Histories of Neoliberal Consensus: Production, Reproduction, and Resistance

Neoliberalism is often portrayed as a political monolith in which resistance is either absent or futile. It is, as this narrative goes, the overarching ideology of “the end of history,” the bleak, unceasing present that persists despite the structural challenges posed by the Great Recession. Whether intentionally or not, this totalizing depiction extends to the […]

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 […]

Teaching Class

Climate Justice and Class Inequality: Teaching the Connections — Nicholas Coles
Toward the Articulation of Threshold Concepts in Working Class Studies — Christie Launius
Getting Class Discussions into the Classroom: Identifying Inequality in Australian Higher Education — Liz Giuffre and Sarah Attfield

Uneasy Alliances: Women’s Organizing in the 1970s

Recent histories of the 1970s emphasize “fracture”: the collapse of the industrial economy and liberal social welfare programs, and the rise of neoliberalism. These works depict social movements as similarly fractious, divided by internal and external forces and declining in their influence. While acknowledging the myriad factors that militated against working-class organizing in these years, […]