LAWCHA is an organization of scholars, teachers, students, labor educators, and activists who seek to promote public and scholarly awareness of labor and working-class history through research, writing, and organizing.
CFP Deadline: October 15, 2016.
Our 2017 annual meeting will take place in Seattle, June 22-25, at the University of Washington. This gives us a chance to visit the left coast city where labor has been winning important victories and pioneering new strategies. And late June is a great time to see the Pacific Northwest. Stay after the conference and explore Seattle and the mountains, islands, and waterways of Puget Sound.Read more…
- May 31-June 3, 2017•TBA
The WCSA 2017 conference seeks to take stock of the legacy, present, and future possibilities of the idea of “class struggle.”Read More
- July 14-15, 2017•Baltimore, Maryland
We are planning a 140th anniversary celebration and discussion about the 1877 rail strike, which began in Baltimore at what is now our baseball stadium. We will have an event July 14-16, 2017, at the historical marker commemorating the strike and a reception at The Irish Railroad Workers Shrine to describe the impact of the strike. We would love to have more participants with any broader discussion of the strike–it’s not a formal “conference” but a way to remember our history. Contact Bill Barry [email protected] for more information.Read More
The Origins of Right-to-Work: Vance Muse, Anti-Semitism, and the Maintenance of Jim Crow Labor Relations
As Kentucky legislators pass a measure outlawing the union shop and Missouri’s General Assembly contemplates doing the same, it is worth remembering that so-called Right-to-Work laws originated as means to maintain Jim Crow labor relations and to beat back what was seen as a Jewish cabal to foment a revolution. No one was more important in placing Right-to-Work on the conservatives’ political agenda than Vance Muse of the Christian American Association, a larger-than-life Texan whose own grandson described him as “a white supremacist, an anti-Semite, and a Communist-baiter, a man who beat on labor unions not on behalf of working people, as he said, but because he was paid to do so.” Read more →