Fighting Inequality through Teaching, Scholarship, and Activism: A Roundtable Discussion on the Career of Jim Barrett

Jim Barrett is a renowned professor of labor history at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Work and Community in ‘the Jungle’: Chicago’s Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922, William Z. Foster and the Tragedy of American Radicalism, The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multi-Ethnic City, and the groundbreaking article “Americanization from The Bottom […]

The Role of the Left in 1930s Activism: The National Negro Congress and the Workers Alliance

During the 1930s, widespread militant agitation on behalf of the unemployed, even that which originated from the grassroots, soon became led by the three national Left party formations: the CP, the SP, and the Musteites who then allied with the Trotskyist CLA. In 1935-36, these groups joined together into the Workers Alliance, hoping that a […]