New Working History Episode Explores Connected Histories of Indentured Servants and Guestworkers

Haha2WEBSLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “From Indentured Servant to Modern-Day Guestworker,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. The episode features Professor Cindy Hahamovitch of the University of Georgia who discusses her current research connecting the global histories of nineteenth-century indentured servants and today’s guestworkers. The episode is hosted by Beth English, immediate past president of the Southern Labor Studies Association.

Cindy Hahamovitch is the B. Phinizy Spalding Professor of Southern History at the University of Georgia. She researches southern, immigration, and labor history in a global context. She is the author of two books: The Fruits of Their Labor: Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945 (UNC Press, 1997) and the triple prize-winning, No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor (Princeton University Press, 2011). A former Fulbright Fellow, and the John E. Sawyer Fellow at the National Humanities Center, she is the past president of the Southern Labor Studies Association and the Reviews Editor for LABOR: Studies in the Working-Class History of the Americas. She is currently working on two projects: a history of human trafficking in labor over the past two centuries and the history of Chambers v. Florida, a 1933 murder trial involving four black defendants. At UGA she teaches the modern US survey plus courses on immigration, food and power, the US between 1945 and 1975, and labor history.

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