People’s History: What Is It? What Might It Become?

A way of doing history that Jesse Lemisch long ago christened “doing history from the bottom up” has recently lost Vincent Harding, David Montgomery, Alfred Young, and Howard Zinn. The conference theme of Fighting Inequality requires a history in which the past and the possible future are seen through the eyes of the poor, the […]

Remembering Lawrence C. Goodwyn: Reflections on How to Study and Organize Around Class, Race, and Power

The late Lawrence C. Goodwyn (1928-2013) remains a giant in labor and working-class studies nearly four decades after the publication of his landmark study of the Populist movement of the late nineteenth century U.S. Beyond transforming the historiography of American populism, Goodwyn’s book provided a blueprint for democratic community organizing. Among other contributions, it showed […]