New Working History Episode Focuses on the Hamlet Fire and the Consequences of “Cheap”
SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “The High Cost of Cheap Food,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. The episode features Bryant Simon who discusses his new book, The Hamlet Fire: A Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives (The New Press), and the tragic consequences of the ethos of “cheap” for workers, communities, and the nation. The episode is hosted by Beth English, immediate past president of the Southern Labor Studies Association.
Bryant Simon is Professor of history at Temple University. He is the author of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America (2004), and Everything But the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks (2009). His research and scholarship has earned awards and honors from the Fulbright Commission, Humboldt Foundation, Urban History Association, Organization of American Historians, and the Smithsonian Institution. His work and popular commentary have been featured in the New Yorker, Washington Post, New Republic, and numerous other outlets. Over last five years, Simon has lectured around the world and taught at the National University of Singapore, University of Tubingen, and University of Erfurt, and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
Simon’s current work focuses on food and society. Currently, he is putting together a collection of documents about food and the American history with Professor James Giesen, for Wiley.