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  • Monday, August 10, 2020 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    The Southern Labor Studies Association invites you to its plenary session, "The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead for Southern Workers," on September 11, 2020 at 4PM.  The session will feature Nancy MacLean (Duke University), Bill Fletcher (TransAfrica), and MaryBe McMillian (NC AFL-CIO).    

    You can register for the ZOOM session here, https://temple.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtc-6oqjsqE9KOxu5LjFClgbSWxQB2Wx1j  

    If your SLSA membership is not up to date, please consider renewing it or joining the association here.  One other way you can help SLSA is to make a donation via PayPal to support the plenary session (suggested $10).

    See you on Zoom on September 11. 

  • Monday, August 10, 2020 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    Written by Kevin Kehrberg and Jeffrey A. Keith for "The Bitter Southerner, "Somebody Died, Babe: A Musical Cover-Up of Racism, Violence, & Greed" is a multi-media long read on the covered-up history underlying the song "Swannanoa Tunnel." This fantastic piece can be read here.

    Article Abstract: "Beneath the popular folk song, 'Swannanoa Tunnel,' and beneath the railroad tracks that run through Western North Carolina, is a story of blood, greed, and obfuscation. As our nation reckons with systematic racial violence, the story of this song points to the unmarked graves of the hundreds of wrongfully convicted Black people who died building the tunnel."

  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 6:15 PM | Anonymous

    Professors Merl E. Reed and Gary Fink were instrumental in the establishment, development, and use of the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University from the early 1970s. Today, the Southern Labor Archives has over 500 collections used by researchers from throughout the Southeast, the United States, and the world. Created in 2000, the Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History honors both men and their many contributions to education, labor studies, and the Southern Labor Archives. Faculty, graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, and recognized independent scholars and artists are encouraged to apply. The deadline has been extended to August 15.

    One or more fellowship(s) of at least $250 are awarded annually to individual(s) whose research in the Southern Labor Archives will lead to a book, article, dissertation, or other substantive product.

    For more information and application requirements:


    Lisa Vallen (she/her/hers)

    Southern Labor Archivist

    (404) 413-2886

    GSU Special Collections

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 7:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Citizen and Other: Puerto Rican Farmworkers in the United States," Ismael García Colón discusses his book, Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Farmers on U.S. Farms (University of California Press), Puerto Rican migrant farmworkers, and their labor and experiences in the post-World War II United States. Listen to Working History on the New Books NetworkSpotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to stay up to date on future episodes.

    Ismael García Colón is Associate Professor at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. He is a historical and political anthropologist with focus on the Gramscian concept of hegemony, oral history, immigration and colonial migration, race, citizenship, farm labor, U.S. empire, Puerto Rico, and U.S. ethnic and racial histories. His research experiences include documenting Latinxs in the NYC labor movement, and landless workers, migrant farmworkers, processes of colonial state formation and land distribution programs in Puerto Rico. In addition to Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire, García Colón is the author of Land Reform in Puerto Rico: Modernizing the Colonial State, 1941-1969 (University Press of Florida, 2009). His publications have also appeared in Latin American PerspectivesCENTRO JournalAmerican Ethnologist, and Latino Studies. His current research explores the Puerto Rican experience in U.S. farm labor and its relation to U.S. colonialism and immigration policies, and how government policies formed and transformed modern subjectivities in Puerto Rico.

  • Thursday, June 04, 2020 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    "Nurses in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina filed a petition in March to form a union with National Nurses United (NNU). Roughly 1,600 nurses are expected to be eligible to vote."

    If interested, full article from Facing South can be read here.

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    SLSA stands in solidarity with all those fighting for justice for Black people in America. We walk with all those protesting for an immediate end to anti-Black violence, sentencing, and policing. As teachers, researchers, and activists, we fully understand that racism and the carceral state have long been used to divide poor and working-class people with similar economic interests. We remain committed - as individuals and as an organization - to antiracist principles, and will continue to both educate the general public, as well as combat white supremacy in all forms.

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    For those interested, here is an article about workers organizing during COVID-19 in "right-to-work" states:

    "In ‘Right-To-Work’ States, Restaurant Workers Mobilize During COVID-19 For Better Condition" by Clare Busch. Read it here.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    To promote members' books launched on the eve of or in the midst of the pandemic, LAWCHA is hosting Zoom book talks by some fantastic authors.

    First up is Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, LAWCHA’s founding president, who will be talking about her new book Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America (W.W. Norton). 

    Winner of the PEN Award and the Prose Award from the Association of American Publishers, Sisters and Rebels offers an epic narrative of American history told through a buried tradition of expatriation, female reinvention, and southern radicalism and reaction that speaks directly to our own times.

    The talk, followed by Q&A, will be at 7 p.m. on May 21st. 

    The event will be moderated by Mac Marquis, ABD, The College of William & Mary

    To participate, register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkceCupz0pG9KAcE_jdeyt3xSX6uWz-ngR  

  • Thursday, May 07, 2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Labor, Capital, and Politics in the Industrial South," Michael Goldfield discusses his book, The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press), 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. Listen to Working History on the New Books NetworkSpotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to stay up to date on future episodes.

    Michael Goldfield is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and currently Research Fellow at the Fraser Center for Workplace Issues at Wayne State University. A former labor union and civil rights activist, Goldfield's work focuses on the study of labor, class, race, and American politics.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    Webinar TONIGHT! Register here

    Workers across the US South are on the move demanding workplace safety amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. Southern workers also need a strategy and self-organization to secure any gains they make through collective action. As we reach nearly 17 million people becoming recently unemployed, our for-profit health care system tied to a job is increasingly being exposed. Health care should be a human right for all.

    Studies show that the Black working class, because of the capitalist system's historical oppression and neglect, has suffered the highest number of deaths from COVID-19. 57 percent of the US Black population live in the South, a region where racial, economic, social and political inequality has been the highest for Black America.

    How do we use this moment to advance the organization of workers at the workplace and to build solidarity formations such as local workers assemblies, especially in the Southern region with lowest union density? How can this crisis help us get closer to a universal, single-payer health care system? 

    We seek to launch a South-wide campaign that unites workers on the following PRINCIPLES:

    1) Right to a safe workplace - everyone has the right to a safe workplace and a right to refuse unsafe work.

    2) Building workplace organization and uniting with your co-workers in collective action is best way to combat unsafe conditions, including building Local Workers Assemblies,and 

    3) Healthcare is a human right - health care should not be tied to the employer, it should be provided to everyone, even those recent unemployed through a universal single-payer system like "Medicare for All", and all testing and treatment related to COVID-19 should be covered by single-payer public health insurance like Medicare. While also recognizing that we need to immediately fight our employers to provide affordable health insurance coverage until the day this is won. 

    Some of these questions (and more) will be discussed on this webinar, organized by the Southern Workers Assembly on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00pm.  Join us! 

    Participating organizations including: 
    North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 150, Black Workers For Justice, National Nurses United, Raise Up/Fight for $15, Farm, Labor Organizing Committee, New Orleans Hospitality Workers Alliance, Durham Workers Assembly, Raleigh Workers Assembly, Target Workers Unite
    , Muslims for Social Justice, Cooperation Jackson, Southern Movement Assembly, Scalawag Magazine, and others.

    Register here

CONTACT Southern Labor Studies Association 

c/o Erik Gellman, SLSA/UNC Liaison

Department of History

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

102 Emerson Drive, CB #3195

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195

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