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Poor Whites and the Labor Crisis in the Slave South

While studies on southern slaveholders, yeomen, and even the enslaved abound, relatively little has been written about the Deep South’s white working-class. My new book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South, seeks to illuminate the lives of about one-third of the cotton belt’s whites, who owned neither land nor slaves. By doing so, we can understand more about the labor crisis and class tensions that helped to bring on the Civil War. Read more →

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Nancy MacLean on Democracy Now

by James Gregory  on July 1st, 2017
Amy Goodman spoke with Duke University historian and former LAWCHA president Nancy MacLean, author of the new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. MacLean uncovers the instrumental role the late libertarian economist James Buchanan played in the right’s campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting and privatize schools. Read more →

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by Conor Casey  on June 2nd, 2017
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“Bad Dudes”: Immigrants, Illegality, and Human Rights

by Julie Greene  on February 27th, 2017
By sweepingly associating immigrants who overstayed their visa or crossed the border improperly with criminal activity, the President built upon a long tradition in U.S. political culture. Indeed, although his policies represent a major shift, they were made possible by a consistent strategy deployed since the 1970s to portray unauthorized immigration as criminal. Read more →

Convert Lines or Convert People?: The Polarizing Debate Over How to Restore Faculty Tenure

by Trevor Griffey  on February 6th, 2017
On January 12, 2017, faculty unions representing community and technical college faculty across Washington state got their allies in the Washington state legislature to introduce HB 1168, a law that would compel the state’s community and technical colleges to ensure that seventy percent of their faculty will be on the tenure track by 2023. Read more →

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