posts categorized asLaborOnline Articles

Remembering Al Young, by Leon Fink & Jesse Lemisch

by on November 16, 2012

Alfred F. Young, a pioneer of the “new labor history,” noted social historian of the early American nation, and a founding editor of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, died on November 6, 2012 at age 87. Many know him from his passionate and original investigation of the lives of working people,

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Labor, Environmentalism, and Climate Change

by on November 15, 2012

Driving across western Pennsylvania recently, I was struck by the number of yard signs decrying President Obama’s “War on Coal.” The Appalachian coal country has swung hard to the right in recent years; whereas not long ago West Virginia was a reliably Democratic state, last week Mitt Romney carried it with 62% of the vote.

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Haymarket on Trial: Timothy Messer-Kruse’s The Trial of Haymarket Activists

by on November 12, 2012

As a regular feature of this blog, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas will be opening public access and dialogue about one article in its current issue. Given that November 11 (1887) was known as “Black Friday” across the globe because four Chicago anarchist labor activists were hung by the state on that date, it is supremely fitting that we feature the current Labor roundtable on Timothy Messer Kruse’s book The Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists: Terrorism and Justice in the Gilded Age.

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Claiming a Working-Class Mandate

by on November 12, 2012

The U.S. voting public faced a stark decision on November 6, 2012.  On the one hand, they weighed the benefits of a program of tax cuts for the 1%, social welfare spending cuts for the broad majority, a disingenuous obsession with deficits, racial and cultural demagoguery, and a pandering to the interests of corporate and finance capital. 

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We Are the World

by on November 9, 2012

In the heat of a presidential election, I can’t help but be one of those people. You know, the ones who forward on Samuel Jackson’s “Wake the f**k Up” video, who belly laugh at the Simpson’s parody of Romney, and who tear up at the sight of Barack Obama and Chris Christie walking through Sandy’s devastation (places friends and family call home).

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LaborOnline

by on November 9, 2012

I write with exciting news of the takeoff of LaborOnline, a new blog that will deepen and extend the content of LAWCHA’s flagship journal, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. As piloted by new Associate Editor Rosemary Feurer–and assisted by an all-star cast of designated blog contributors–LaborOnline will feature commentary on a host of issues, contemporary and historical, as well as “instant” dialogue and debate among readers and authors about the contents of the print journal.

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