Category Archives: labor history

On July 7, 1898, President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution which annexed the Republic of Hawai’i and created the Territory of Hawai’i. The annexation gave the U.S. use of Hawai’i as a military base during The Spanish-American War. In … Continue reading

S. Ashley Kistler is an assistant professor of anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Rollins College. In her new book Maya Market Women: Power and Tradition in San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala, Kistler presents a study of resilient Q’eqchi’-Maya vendors who … Continue reading

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