Working History spotlights the work of leading labor historians, activists, and practitioners focusing especially on the U.S. and global Souths, to inform public debate and dialogue about current labor, economic, and political issues with the benefit of historical context.
Citizen and Other: Puerto Rican Farmworkers in the United States
Ismael García Colón discusses his new book, Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire, Puerto Rican migrant farmworkers, and their labor experiences in the post-World War II United States.
Labor, Capital, and Politics in the Industrial South
Michael Goldfield discusses his new book, The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s, union organization in the South's leading industrial sectors, and how contests between labor and capital in the New Deal-era South continue to shape American politics today.
Race, Class, and Communism in the Jim Crow South
Mary Stanton discusses her book, Red, Black, White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930-1950, New Deal-era political activism, and movements for racial, economic, and social justice in the Jim Crow South.
Politics of the Pantry
Emily E. LB. Twarog discusses her book, POLITICS OF THE PANTRY, the consumer activism of American housewives, and food's central role in consumer politics in the twentieth-century United States.
Southern Sisters and Social Justice in the Jim Crow South
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall discusses her new book, SISTERS AND REBELS: A STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE SOUTH, the southern upbringing of Grace and Katharine Lumpkin, their social activism, and contributions to the overlapping labor, feminist, and civil rights ferment in the pre-World War II South.
Making the Woman Worker
Eileen Boris discusses her new book MAKING THE WOMAN WORKER: PRECARIOUS LABOR AND THE FIGHT FOR GLOBAL STANDARDS, the history of the ILO's labor protections for women, domestic and home workers in the Global North and Global South, and ongoing fights to recognize precarious labor from the care economy to the gig economy.
I'm still working through this podcast and haven't caught up to the latest episodes yet, but I'm very much enjoying it so far. I work in a factory and use podcasts to engage my brain while my hands are doing their thing for eight hours a day (Ashkur Allah for muscle memory!). Normally I stick to fiction, but I love "Stuff You Missed in History Class" and decided to give this a try. I appreciate learning more about the history of the labor movement, how we've ended up where we are, and what potential avenues the future holds. I've found it very accessible; what college I did undertake left me with only the barest bones knowledge of the labor movement. The audio quality is good enough that I don't have to fidget with my volume too much-- fidgeting is a problem when your hands are covered in wax or dye! Can't wait to catch up next week, though dreading the wait between episodes haha.
Great labor oriented history podcast. Guest speakers are very knowledgeable and discuss interesting topics.
Although this might not be for everyone, the conversations on this podcast are excellent for anyone deeply interested in labor history.