New Working History Episode Focuses on Labor Organizing in the 1970s
SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “A New Narrative for Labor in the 1970s,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. The episode features Lane Windham, Associate Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, who discusses her book, Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide (UNC Press), and why the 1970s should be seen as more than a moment of decline for the U.S. labor movement. The episode is hosted by Beth English, immediate past president of the Southern Labor Studies Association.
Lane Windham is an experienced organizer, educator, historian and activist, and winner of the 2015 Robert H. Zieger Prize in Southern Labor Studies awarded by SLSA. Prior to earning her Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland, she spent nearly twenty years working in the union movement, including as media outreach director and specialist for the national AFL-CIO from 1998 to 2009. She organized unions among clothing and textile workers throughout the South in the 1990s. She currently directs WILL Empower, an ambitious collaborative project with Rutgers University to promote women’s leadership in the labor movement and the struggle for economic justice.
Windham has published widely on issues of class, race, gender, economic justice and the future of work. Her current research focuses on how working people can best build power within today’s shifting economy. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Labor and Working Class History Association and is on the Advisory Committee of the Labor and Research Action Network.