Workers and the State in the Progressive Era

One of the key themes of the Progressive Era was the growth of the state. The state increasingly intervened in ever more areas of society, from labor protective regulation to liquor control, from mother’s pensions and workers’ compensation to conscription. Some of these interventions—women’s suffrage, the nascent welfare state—appeared to increase democracy, while others—conscription, Jim […]

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 […]