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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Robert Chase, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America

    November 19, 2020
    via Zoom

    LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us November 19 for Robert Chase, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). At 7pm on November 19 Robert Chase, Associate Professor of History at Stony Brook University, will give a 30-minute talk on Zoom about his new book, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners’ Rights in Postwar America, followed by Q&A. Drawing from three decades of legal documents compiled by prisoners, Chase narrates the struggle to change prison from within. Told from the vantage point of the prisoners themselves, “We Are Not Slaves,” weaves together untold but devastatingly important truths from the histories of labor, civil rights, and politics in the United States as it narrates the transition from prison plantations of the past to the mass incarceration of today. Please register in advance and join us via zoom (link).  

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Jarod Roll, Poor Man’s Fortune: White Working-Class Conservatism in American Metal Mining, 1850–1950

    December 17, 2020
    via Zoom

    LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks feature a presentation and a discussion. Join us November 19 for Robert Chase, Poor Man’s Fortune: White Working-Class Conservatism in American Metal Mining, 1850–1950 (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). With painstaking research, Roll shows how the miners’ choices reflected a deep-seated, durable belief that hard-working American white men could prosper under capitalism, and exposes the grim costs of this view for these men and their communities, for organized labor, and for political movements seeking a more just and secure society. Roll’s story shows how American inequalities are in part the result of a white working-class conservative tradition driven by grassroots assertions of racial, gendered, and national privilege. Please join us at 7pm (EST) on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Please register here in advance and join us via Zoom. (link)

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Alexandra Finley, An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade

    January 21, 2021
    via Zoom

    LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks feature a presentation and a discussion. Join us on January 21, 2021 for Alexandra Finley, An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade. Join us at 7pm (EST) on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Please register here in advance and join us via Zoom. 

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  • LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk :Toni Gilpin, The Long Deep Grudge A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland

    February 18, 2021
    via Zoom

    LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks feature a presentation and a discussion. Join us on February 18th for Toni Gilpin, The Long Deep Grudge A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland. Join us at 7pm (EST) on Thursday, February 18th, 2021. Please register here in advance and join us via Zoom.

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  • Workers on the Front Lines :LAWCHA 2021 Annual Conference

    May 26-28, 2021
    Chicago, Illinois

    Because of the uncertainty caused by the global pandemic, LAWCHA has decided to move the 2021 Workers on the Front Lines conference to a virtual format. We hope that those who submitted a proposal will still participate. We are asking all panel organizers to let us know by November 30 if you or anyone on your panel wishes to withdraw your proposal. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that your entire panel still wishes to be considered for inclusion on the program. More details about the conference format will be announced as soon as possible. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. Be it in pandemics, natural disasters, industrial “accidents,” or wars, workers always have been and remain on the front lines.

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