Category Archives: labor history

On May 4, 1886, someone threw a bomb in Chicago’s Haymarket Square. Timothy Messer-Kruse, author of The Haymarket Conspiracy: Transatlantic Anarchist Networks, and Leon Fink, editor of the recently released Workers in Hard Times both recently appeared on Chicago’s WBEZ radio to discuss … Continue reading

Elvira Arellano, a Mexican immigrant rights advocate who made headlines when she took refuge in a Chicago church in 2006, has asked refuge in the United States on humanitarian grounds. Arellano was deported to Mexico in 2007 after a lengthy sanctuary … Continue reading

Lisa Phillips is an assistant professor of history at Indiana State University.  She answered our questions about her new book A Renegade Union: Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism. Q: What is the “renegade union” of the book’s title? Phillips: Local then … Continue reading

Timothy Messer-Kruse, author of the new University of Illinois Press book The Haymarket Conspiracy: Transatlantic Anarchist Networks, was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition about his struggle to change the Wikipedia entry for the Haymarket Affair to reflect new research about the historic … Continue reading

Stephen K. Ashby, co-author of Staley: The Fight for a New American Labor Movement, has spoken out strongly over the past several weeks about the Chicago Public Schools teachers’ strike. Last week, as the strike was suspended, he participated in … Continue reading

The Working Class Studies Association has awarded Sean Burns’s Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero a 2012 CLR James Award for Best Book. Archie Green celebrates one of the most revered folklorists and labor historians of the twentieth century and captures the many dimensions of … Continue reading

Sean Burns’s recent biography of folklorist Archie Green is the subject of an extended review in Daily Yonder. “Fascinating and insightful. . . . Burns provides an absorbing account of Archie’s experience in student politics in the early Depression years. For … Continue reading

In September 2012 we will publish The Haymarket Conspiracy: Transatlantic Anarchist Networks by Bowling Green State University professor Timothy Messer-Kruse. BGSU issued a press release yesterday relaying details of Dr. Messer-Kruse’s recent battles with Wikipedia over his attempts to update the site’s entry on … Continue reading

On December 5, 2011, we published We ARE the Union: Democratic Unionism and Dissent at Boeing by Dana Cloud, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Texas, Austin.  Dr. Cloud discusses labor unrest at Boeing and how a … Continue reading

Sean Burns, author of the new book Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero, was a guest on KPFA radio’s Against the Grain program. Hear Sean’s hour-long interview with co-host Sasha Lilley here.