Culture, Gender, Race, And U.S. Labor Historyby Ronald C Kent, Sara Markham (Editor), David R. Roediger (Editor), Herbert Shapiro (Editor)
This contributor volume brings the best work of such established historians as Morris Schappes, Nathan Godfried, and Eric Foner together with the newer voices of Elizabeth Sharpe and Jennifer Bosch. Its eleven essays challenge the boundary between the older, institutional labor history and the more recent social histories of working people. By combining a focus on
This contributor volume brings the best work of such established historians as Morris Schappes, Nathan Godfried, and Eric Foner together with the newer voices of Elizabeth Sharpe and Jennifer Bosch. Its eleven essays challenge the boundary between the older, institutional labor history and the more recent social histories of working people. By combining a focus on culture, women's history, and race relations that is characteristic of the best of the latest working class history with an emphasis on formal protests, leadership, and power, the volume suggests that a truly new labor history will reflect a variety of concerns and draw on diverse inspirations.
In three chapters elucidating new features of labor biography and working-class politics, the volume's opening section considers George Edwin McNeill, the Socialist Party's efforts to free Eugene Debs, and the Socialist Party's left wing. Turning to women in labor history, the next section includes two chapters on Union W.A.G.E., an organization of mainly white, working class women, and Ellen Gates Starr, co-founder of Hull House. In a third section on African-American history, two scholars consider Black labor and African-American laborers in the Reconstruction era. The final section considers culture, education, and the working class. These chapters analyze the role of broadcasting and the Socialists' effort to establish an alternative radio station; labor education in the 1920s; the literary portrayal of sailors in Dana's Two Years Before the Mast, and the victims of the Rapp-Coudert Committee. By placing workers and their organizations convincingly within the context of their culture, this volume helps to demonstrate the ways the labor movement has remade this nation and how the nation has shaped the labor movement.
Meet the Author
Ronald C. Kent is an education representative for AFSCME in Wisconsin and is the editor for the International Labor History Association. He earned his MS in industrial relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973. He is the author of several articles and the editor of a forthcoming volume, Public Sector Union Leaders and Organizers: Oral Histories and Testimonies.
Sara Markham is an independent scholar and a lecturer in the Department of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her PhD there in 1983. Markham is the author of Workers, Women, and Afro-Americans: Images of the United States in German Travel Literature, from 1923 to 1933.
David R. Roediger is professor of history at the University of Missouri at Columbia. His other books include Our Own Time: A History of American Labor and the Working Day (Greenwood, 1989), The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (1991), and Fellow Worker: The Life of Fred W. Thompson (1992).
Herbert Shapiro is professor of history at the University of Cincinnati. His other books include White Violence and Black Response: From Reconstruction to Montgomery (1988) and I Belong to the Working Class: The Unfinished Authobiography of Rose Pastor Stokes (1992).
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