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IWW picnic 1919, Seattle

Mapping the IWW

The IWW History Project is now live. Based at the University of Washington, the online project reveals in new ways the rich history of the Industrial Workers of the World during the formative years, 1905-1935. Read more →

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Recent Posts Archives

Working History: Black Women Convict Laborers in the New South

by Ryan Poe on September 16th, 2015
In this episode of the SLSA’s Working History podcast, Professor Talitha LeFlouria, a current fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia, discusses her book, Chained in Silence, and the lives, labors and legacies of incarcerated black women and the convict lease system in the early 20th century South. Read more →
Freight Handlers parade to a union meeting in 1882 in New York. Railroad workers were among the first groups of laborers to organize. (AP)

Solidarity Forever! When Labor Had Its Day, And Why Its Time Has Come Again

by James Green on September 10th, 2015
For the last century, Labor Day events have served primarily as occasions for politicians to make their pitches. But at the height of the Gilded… Read more →
Graduate Center for Workers Education in Brooklyn was the site of the recent LAWCHA conference. Now it is scheduled for elimination.

From Worker Education Center to Hedge Fund and State Department Cabal: An Open Call to Struggle Against an Obscene Transformation

by John Alter on June 27th, 2015
Dear friends and supporters of Worker Education: After more than three years of the collective efforts by The Committee of Concerned Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff… Read more →

Journey into an Undocumented Past: Why I Became a Historian

by Eladio Bobadilla on June 11th, 2015
I became interested in history when I was deployed in the Middle East in 2008. I was troubled by boredom and the simplistic (and nationalistic) ways in which both my subordinates and superiors spoke and thought about American history and politics. I began reading history books that complicated the past and reconfigured the present. I also became fascinated by social and cultural history—something that at once excited and baffled me. Before then, I had only learned about great men, but now I discovered histories of slaves, workers, dissident soldiers, and scrappy radicals. I knew I wanted to write this kind of history. Read more →
EAGN00385-86 (top to bottom): eagn00385 is a picture of the L furnace. eagn00386 is an unknown location of the Sparrows Point Steel Mill. 1981. Credit: Baltimore Steel Stories

Baltimore Steel Stories

by Ryan Poe on June 11th, 2015
This is the first video for the Baltimore Steel Stories Project out of Towson University’s Anthropology Department. About half of the material used in the… Read more →

Society of American Archivists Labor Archives Roundtable at the 2015 LAWCHA Conference

Conor Casey, April 29th, 2015

May 28-29, 2015. As part of the Society of American Archivists Labor Archives Roundtable’s ongoing efforts to coordinate with LAWCHA, two conference sessions and several archival repository open houses will be on the LAWCHA 2015 conference program this year… Read more →

SLSA Symposium and Labor Archives

Jennifer Eidson, March 2nd, 2015

NOTE: This event has been cancelled as a result of weather. On March 5, 2015, the Center for the History of the New America at the University of Maryland will host a symposium exploring workers and organizing in the twenty-first century… Read more →


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LAWCHA Session at the 2015 AHA “From the Frontlines with New York Labor: What Is Working?”

Lara Vapnek, January 13th, 2015

Historians and activists gathered at the Murphy Institute on Friday, January 2nd for a LAWCHA event: “From the Frontlines with New York Labor: What Is Working?” CUNY professor Josh Freeman chaired a lively discussion featuring three organizers who suggested creative solutions to some of the serious challenges labor faces… Read more →

Long Time LAWCHA Activist Undertakes Building a New Institution Devoted to Working Class History

Peter Rachleff, December 15th, 2014

A year and a half ago, I left Macalester College after a three decades-long career. I decided that it’s time to devote myself more fully and directly to the kind of work I have educated many students to do… Read more →