The OAH has completed its interest page for the 2016 program in Providence, Rhode Island. It includes walking tours, dozens of panels, many of which with LAWCHA-member participants, and many LAWCHA-sponsored panels.


Thursday. April 7: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LAWCHA board meeting
Bristol Room, Omni Hotel

Friday, April 8: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
LAWCHA Wine and Beer Reception
Room 557

Saturday, April 9: 12:20 pm – 1:50 pm
LAWCHA Awards Luncheon and Membership Meeting
Room: Ballroom B

Saturday, April 9: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Contemporary and Historical Labor Tour followed by light dinner at Trinity Brewhouse (register for this with conference registration)

LAWCHA-Sponsored Panels

New Directions in the Study of Paid Domestic Work: Race, State, and Struggle

A new generation of scholarship is probing the centrality of paid household work for understanding racialization, state policy, and social struggle, connecting the intimate labors of cooking, cleaning, and caring to structures of power and authority globally as well as within nation states. It challenges old shibboleths that domestic workers could not be organized, and that their labor was ancillary to more important modes of capitalist production. This roundtable introduces new players and topics in the history of domestic work through presentations of case studies followed by a conversation among panelists and audience members on assessing structure and agency, market forces and state policy, and the applicability of the past to present struggles.

Chair: Wendy Gamber, Indiana University
Andrew Urban, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara
Keona Ervin, University of Missouri
Emma Amador, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Christianity and Capitalism in the Modern US: Historians respond to Kevin Kruse’s One Nation under God

In the last decade historians have taken up with renewed vigor the complicated relationship between Christianity and capitalism in the modern United States. Some have been especially interested in the ways that faith, work, and labor politics have intersected in the lives of ordinary people, as can be seen in recent and/or forthcoming books by Jarod Roll, Chip Callahan, Alison Greene, Heath W. Carter, Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, and Ken Fones-Wolf, among others. Another group of scholars has begun to excavate the ties between religious and corporate leaders, producing important studies such as Darren Dochuk’s From Bible Belt to Sunbelt, Bethany Moreton’s To Serve God and Wal-Mart, and now Kevin Kruse’s One Nation under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America. This panel will bring together a variety of historians from both sides of the new scholarship to discuss and evaluate Kruse’s book.

Heath W. Carter (Valparaiso University)
Alison Greene (Mississippi State University)
Kathryn Lofton (Yale University)
Jarod Roll (University of Mississippi)
Kevin Kruse (Princeton University)

State of the Field on Interactions between Labor and Environmental History

Lisa Fine (Michigan State University )
Lawrence Lipin (Pacific University)
Chad Montrie (University of Massachusetts-Lowell)
Thomas Andrews (University of Colorado)

New Perspectives on American Socialism

Peter Cole (Western Illinois University)
Greg Hall (Western Illinois University)
Jeff Johnson (Providence College)
Erik Loomis (University of Rhode Island)
Verlaine Stoner McDonald (Berea College)

Early American Labor History: Future Directions

Seth Rockman (Brown University)
Allison Madar (California State University, Chico)
Jared Hardesty (Western Washington University)
Katie Hemphill (University of Arizona)
David Unger (Restless Device podcast)
Angela Hawk (California State University, Long Beach)

Irish-American Labor Leadership and Diasporic Identity, 1900-1940

Seth Rockman (Brown University)
Allison Madar (California State University, Chico)
Jared Hardesty (Western Washington University)
Katie Hemphill (University of Arizona)
David Unger (Restless Device podcast)
Angela Hawk (California State University, Long Beach)

LAWCHA-Cosponsored Panels

New Politics, New Economy: Redefining Leadership in Postindustrial America

Margaret P. O’Mara
Leslie Berlin
Bruce J. Schulman
Lily Geismer

Leading Roles: Sex, Violence, and Labor Power in Hollywood Film-Making

Ronny Regev
Hilary A. Hallett
Emily Thompson
Steven Joseph Ross

Thriving in the Doldrums: Complicating Women’s Political, Social, and Labor Organizing

Jessica M Frazier
Jennifer Scanlon
Mary E. Corey
Lisa Michelle Jackson
Allison L Hepler
Tiffany Alicia Baugh-Helton

Leadership and Reform Movements in the Postbellum South

Gregg Cantrell
Matthew Hild
Steven J. Wang
Charles Postel
Maureen Anne Flanagan

Organizing in the Heartland: Interracial Coalitions in the Urban Midwest During the Twentieth Century

Melissa Annette Ford
Michael Stauch
Devin Hunter
Heidi Ardizzone
Michael Savage

Possibilities and Pitfalls in Early Interracial Activism, 1930s-1960s

Robert Michael Zecker
Jennifer Young
Barry Goldberg
Rachel Ida Buff
John Enyeart

The Road Not Taken: The War on Poverty & Public Employment

Tim Keogh
Eric Arnesen
Peter-Christian Aigner
Jane Berger

Raiders, Traders, and Slaves in Constructing the Spectrum of Unfreedom in the Americas

Max Flomen
Linford D. Fisher
Erin Stone
Tiya Alicia Miles

Governing Bodies of Evidence: Labor, Citizenship, and Sensory Knowledge in the Gilded Age

Melanie Kiechle
David Singerman
Kristin Hoganson
Benjamin R. Cohen

The Politics of Command and Control in the American Whaling Industry

Nancy Shoemaker
Margaret S. Creighton
John A. Strong
Lisa A. Norling
Matthew Raffety

Organizing the 1970s

Daniel Gilbert
Andrew Pope
Michael Albert Schulze-Oechtering
Joseph E. Hower
Jefferson Cowie
Jennifer Lisa Klein

Reading to Lead: Reform Work 1890-1940

Cynthia Lee Patterson
Kelly Marino
Lori Harrison-Kahan
Mary Kelley
Elizabeth Garner Masarik
Heather Fox

Temporalities of Agriculture and Capitalism

Jamie L. Pietruska
Courtney Fullilove
Emily Jane Pawley
Lisa Gitelman

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