52 episodes

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.

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    • 4.8 • 30 Ratings

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.

    Beyond Norma Rae

    Beyond Norma Rae

    Welcome to a new season of Working History! Series co-host Dave Anderson talks with Aimee Loiselle about her book Beyond Norma Rae: How Puerto Rican and Southern White Women Fought for a Place in the American Working Class

    • 51 min
    Southern Exposure at 50: Sue Thrasher, Bob Hall, and Leah Wise

    Southern Exposure at 50: Sue Thrasher, Bob Hall, and Leah Wise

    This week’s episode features a panel recorded live at the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Southern Exposure magazine, held in March at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library. The panel, which reflects on the founding of the Institute for Southern Studies and the creation of Southern Exposure, features Sue Thrasher, a co-founder of the Institute who later worked at the Highlander Center; Leah Wise, one of the Institute’s early staff members and later the director of Southerners for Economic Justice; and Bob Hall, the founding editor of Southern Exposure, who spent many years at the Institute and was the longtime executive director of Democracy North Carolina. It is moderated by Chip Hughes, an early Institute staffer himself and occupational health and safety organizer before a career in public health. Produced in partnership with the Institute for Southern Studies.

    Show Notes:

    Episode transcription: https://www.facingsouth.org/2023/11/why-we-did-what-we-did-reflections-sue-thrasher-leah-wise-and-bob-hall
    Visit the Southern Exposure digital archive: https://www.facingsouth.org/southern-exposure
    A note from the archives editor: https://www.facingsouth.org/2023/03/archive-time-crisis
    More about the 50th anniversary event: https://www.facingsouth.org/2023/03/gathering-marks-half-century-southern-exposures-founding

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Resident Strangers: Immigrant Laborers in New South Alabama

    Resident Strangers: Immigrant Laborers in New South Alabama

    Jennifer Brooks, Professor of History at Auburn University, discusses her book Resident Strangers: Immigrant Laborers in New South Alabama, beginning with the book's origin story and then explaining the significance of Chinese and European immigrants in the New South and their interactions with employers, unions, African-Americans, the region's racial regime, and its legal system.

    • 57 min
    Working in the Magic City: Moral Economy in Early Twentieth-Century Miami

    Working in the Magic City: Moral Economy in Early Twentieth-Century Miami

    Thomas Castillo discusses his book Working in the Magic City: Moral Economy in Early Twentieth-Century Miami, beginning with the book’s origin story, and then tracing Miami's working-class history from World War I to the mid-1930s.

    • 57 min
    Freedom's Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power

    Freedom's Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power

    Jefferson Cowie discusses his book Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power, beginning with the book’s origin story, and then tracing the use of "freedom" to dominate others in Barbour County, Alabama, from Indian Removal in the 1830s through the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s

    Find information about the book at the publisher’s page. https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/jefferson-cowie/freedoms-dominion/9781541672819/

    Find the New York Times review of the book. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/12/books/review/freedoms-dominion-jefferson-cowie.html

    • 52 min
    Labor Journalism, Farmworkers, and Reynolds Tobacco with Victoria Bouloubasis

    Labor Journalism, Farmworkers, and Reynolds Tobacco with Victoria Bouloubasis

    Journalist Victoria Bouloubasis discusses her career reporting on agricultural and food labor in North Carolina, her approach to labor journalism, and how she uses histories in her work.

    Show Notes:

    "A North Carolina Farmworker Was Accused of Abusing His Workers. Then Big Tobacco Backed His Election," by Ben Stockton and Victoria Bouloubasis, Mother Jones, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and Enlace Latino NC: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/10/tobacco-reynolds-north-carolina-brent-jackson-tbij/

    "How a Tobacco Company Funds a Mega-Farmer’s Political Ambitions That Hurt Workers" podcast in English: https://soundcloud.com/enlacelatinoncpodcast/how-a-tobacco-company-funds-a-mega-farmers-political-ambitions-that-hurt-workers

    "Cómo una tabacalera financia las ambiciones políticas de granjero que perjudica a los trabajadores" podcast en español: https://soundcloud.com/enlacelatinoncpodcast/como-una-tabacalera-financia-las-ambiciones-politicas-de-un-granjero-que-perjudica-a-los-trabajadores

    Victoria's reporting for Enlace Latino NC: https://enlacelatinonc.org/author/victoria-bouloubasis/

    Victoria's reporting for Southerly: https://southerlymag.org/author/victoria-bouloubasis/

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

legendofgreyson ,

Must Listen

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.

MotorCityJD ,

Great

Great labor oriented history podcast. Guest speakers are very knowledgeable and discuss interesting topics.

listen_first ,

smart

Although this might not be for everyone, the conversations on this podcast are excellent for anyone deeply interested in labor history.

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