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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.
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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.
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SLSA-OSSECS LUNCHEON AT THE 2017 SOUTHERN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

The annual joint luncheon of the Southern Labor Studies Association and the Organization for the Study of Southern Economy, Culture and Society will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SLSA DISSERTATION PROSPECTUS WORKSHOP

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: January 15, 2018. The Southern Labor Studies Association will hold a Dissertation Prospectus Workshop on May 17, 2018, the first day of its upcoming Southern Labor Studies Conference which will be held at the University of Georgia in Athens, May 17-19, 2018, and organized around the theme “Dirty Work.”
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON PRESERVING THE PAST OF SOUTHERN LABOR

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Preserving Southern Labor’s Past” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON LGBT DISCRIMINATION AND ACTIVISM IN THE SOUTHERN WORKPLACE

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “LGBT Discrimination and Activism in the Southern Workplace,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON SMALL FARMERS IN THE POST-CIVIL WAR SOUTH

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Southern Small Farmers Standing Their Ground,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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SLSA Elects Vice President, Three New Executive Board Members

The membership of the Southern Labor Studies Association has elected three new Executive Board members for two-year terms starting in Spring 2017. The newly elected board members are Adrienne Petty (City College of New York), Greta de Jong (University of Nevada), and Laurie Green (University of Texas, Austin).
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2018 ROBERT H. ZIEGER PRIZE FOR SOUTHERN LABOR STUDIES

The Southern Labor Studies Association is currently accepting submissions for the Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies. SLSA awards the Zieger Prize at the Southern Labor Studies Conference for the best unpublished essay in southern labor studies written by a graduate student or early career scholar, journalist, or activist.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2018 SOUTHERN LABOR STUDIES CONFERENCE

The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, archivists, and others to propose panels, roundtables, and workshops for the next Southern Labor Studies Conference, to be held in Athens, GA, at the Richard B. Russell Library on the University of Georgia campus, May 17-19, 2018.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON FREEDOM STRUGGLES IN THE POST-CIVIL RIGHTS RURAL SOUTH

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Freedom Struggles in the Post-Civil Rights Rural South,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE EXPLORES CONNECTED HISTORIES OF INDENTURED SERVANTS AND GUESTWORKERS 

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “From Indentured Servant to Modern-Day Guestworker,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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SLSA HOLDS 2017 SOUTHERN LABOR STUDIES CONFERENCE IN TAMPA, FLORIDA

The Southern Labor Studies Association held its biennial conference on March 3-5, 2017, in Tampa, Florida. The meeting brought together scholars, archivists, graduate students, and activists for three days of panels, lectures, roundtable discussions, and a walking tour of Ybor City.
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JOSHUA HOLLANDS AWARDED 2017 ZIEGER PRIZE

Joshua Hollands, a postgraduate research student at the Institute of the Americas at University College London, was awarded the 2017 Robert H. Zieger Prize in Southern Labor Studies for his essay, “‘There’s a Bigot in Your Biscuit’: Workplace Discrimination at Cracker Barrel, Civil Rights, and Corporate Activism in the Southern United States,” at the Southern Labor Studies Conference on March 4, in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Hollands presented a version of his paper at the conference.
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APPLY NOW: REED FINK AWARD IN SOUTHERN LABOR HISTORY

The Southern Labor Archives at the Georgia State University Library is now accepting applications for the 2017 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History. The application deadline is May 15, 2017.
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Jazz Opera Based on Civil Rights Unionism

A new jazz opera, composed by Steve Jones and directed by Elise Bryant of the Labor Heritage Foundation in D.C. is being staged at the end of March. The opera is inspired by Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South, by Duke University professor and SLSA Vice President Bob Korstad.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2017 NORTH AMERICAN LABOR HISTORY CONFERENCE 

The Program Committee of the North American Labor History Conference (NALHC), an international conference with a global perspective on labor and working-class history, invites proposals for case studies, project demonstrations, papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops on the theme of Labor History and Public History for the thirty-ninth annual meeting.
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Joshua Hollands Selected as Winner of 2017 Zieger Prize

Joshua Hollands, a postgraduate research student at the Institute of the Americas at University College London, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of SLSA’s Robert H. Zieger Prize for his essay, “‘There’s a Bigot in Your Biscuit’: Workplace Discrimination at Cracker Barrel, Civil Rights, and Corporate Activism in the Southern United States.”
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Registration Now Open for the 2017 Southern Labor Studies Conference

Registration is now open for the Southern Labor Studies Association biennial conference, to be held in Tampa, Florida, March 2-5, 2017. The conference registration form is available online.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE DISCUSSES MEXICAN MIGRATION TO THE DEEP SOUTH

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “The Long History of Mexican Migration to the Deep South,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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NEW BOOK BY MAX KROCHMAL FOCUSES ON THE MULTIRACIAL STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY IN TEXAS

SLSA member Max Krochmal’s new book, Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era, is now available from the University of North Carolina Press as part of the Justice, Power, and Politics series.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON RACE, IDENTITY, AND MEMORY IN THE MODERN SOUTH

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Race, Identity, and Memory,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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SLSA PAST PRESIDENT HEATHER ANN THOMPSON PUBLISHES DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF 1971 ATTICA UPRISING

With reviews calling the work “brilliant,” “gripping,” and “remarkable,” SLSA founding member and past president Heather Ann Thompson, has published Blood in the Water “the first definitive definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, the state’s violent response, and the victims’ decades-long quest for justice—including information never released to the public—published to coincide with the forty-fifth anniversary of event.”
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MICHELLE HABERLAND WINS 2016 MITCHELL AWARD FROM SOUTHERN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

SLSA member Michelle Haberland was recently announced as the 2016 recipient of the H.L. Mitchell Award from the Southern Historical Association for her book, Striking Beauties: Women Apparel Workers in the U.S. South, 1930-2000 (University of Georgia Press, 2015).
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON THE USES OF THE TERM “WORKING CLASS” IN AMERICAN POLITICS

SLSA’s Working History podcast is back from summer hiatus with a new episode, “What Does ‘Working Class’ Mean in American Politics?”
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SLSA-OSSECS LUNCHEON AT THE 2016 SOUTHERN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

The annual joint luncheon of the Southern Labor Studies Association and the Organization for the Study of Southern Economy, Culture and Society will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting in St. Pete Beach, FL.
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SLSA PAST PRESIDENT HEATHER ANN THOMPSON PUBLISHES DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF 1971 ATTICA UPRISING

With early reviews calling the work “brilliant,” “gripping,” and “remarkable,” SLSA founding member and past president Heather Ann Thompson, has published Blood in the Water, “the first definitive definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, the state’s violent response, and the victims’ decades-long quest for justice—including information never released to the public—published to coincide with the forty-fifth anniversary of event.”
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON MIGRANT WORKERS AND LABOR RELATIONS IN SOUTH TEXAS

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Migrant Workers and Labor Relations from South Texas to the Nation,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF MARGARET-BOURKE WHITE IN SOUTH AFRICA

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Social Justice from the U.S. South to South Africa,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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SLSA MEMBERS WIN PRESTIGIOUS BOOK AWARDS

Congratulations SLSA members, Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, Ken Fones-Wolf, and Talitha LeFlouria, recent winners of three prestigious book awards!
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON ACADEMIC PUBLISHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Academic Publishing in the Digital Age, is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2017 SOUTHERN LABOR STUDIES CONFERENCE

The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, students, attorneys, public historians, archivists, and any other people interested in the experiences of working people in the U.S. South (all eras) to propose sessions for our next conference, which will take place from March 2-5, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.
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FINAL INSTALLMENT OF OCCASIONAL SERIES ON WORK, RACE, AND UNION ORGANIZING IN WILLIAMSBURG, VA

The article that follows is the final installment in an occasional series of articles based on research conducted by SLSA contributing writer, Arish Ali, on the history of modern African American protest in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON THE FIGHT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS JUSTICE IN A “TOXIC TOWN”

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Justice for a Toxic Town, is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON TELLING SOUTHERN HISTORY THROUGH WOMEN’S PERSONAL WRITINGS

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Southern Histories through Women’s Writings,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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THIRD INSTALLMENT OF OCCASIONAL SERIES ON WORK, RACE, AND UNION ORGANIZING IN WILLIAMSBURG, VA

The article that follows is the third installment in an occasional series of articles based on research conducted by SLSA contributing writer, Arish Ali, on the history of modern African American protest in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE EXPLORES THE ROOTS OF MODERN ANTI-UNIONISM

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “The Roots of the Modern Anti-Union Movement,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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SLSA MEMBER JOHN WEBER HELPS REWRITE TEXAS MYTHOLOGY IN NEW BOOK

SLSA member John Weber’s new book, From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century is now available from the University of North Carolina Press.
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SECOND INSTALLMENT OF OCCASIONAL SERIES ON WORK, RACE, AND UNION ORGANIZING IN WILLIAMSBURG, VA

The article that follows is the second installment in an occasional series of articles based on research conducted by SLSA contributing writer, Arish Ali, on the history of modern African American protest in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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NEW BOOK BY SLSA FOUNDING MEMBER JACOB REMES

SLSA founding member Jacob Remes’s new book, Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity and Power in the Progressive Era is now available from the University of Illinois Press.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON THE LIFE WORK OF REV. JAMES LAWSON

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “A Lifetime of Building Solidarity,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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NEW OCCASIONAL SERIES FOCUSES ON WORK, RACE, AND UNION ORGANIZING IN WILLIAMSBURG, VA

The article that follows is the first installment in an occasional series of articles based on research conducted by SLSA contributing writer, Arish Ali, on the history of modern African American protest in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON WOMEN APPAREL WORKERS IN THE SOUTH

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Women Apparel Workers in the U.S. South, is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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SCOTT NELSON DELIVERS SLSA LUNCHEON KEYNOTE AT SOUTHERN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING 

The annual joint luncheon of the Southern Labor Studies Association and the Southern Industrialization Project (the Organization for the Study of Southern Economy, Culture and Society) was held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON RELIGION’S ROLE IN ORGANIZING THE SOUTH

SLSA’S latest Working History podcast, “Religion’s Role in Organizing the South,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON DISASTER RESPONSE IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Disaster Relief in Historical Perspective,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON BLACK WOMEN CONVICT LABORERS IN THE NEW SOUTH

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Black Women Convict Laborers in the New South,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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STEVE STRIFFLER REFLECTS ON LESSONS FROM HURRICANE KATRINA ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STORM

SLSA member Steve Striffler, with co-authors Adolph Reed Jr. and Michael Francis, argues that, “if New Orleans provides a lesson for the rest of the country, it is that we cannot afford the rule of bipartisan neoliberalism any longer; most of us never could afford it really, but the stakes grow higher all the time,” in an editorial published in Common Dreams on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
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WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON THE WORKERS WHO BUILT THE PANAMA CANAL

SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “’Best True Stories of Life and Work on the Panama Canal‘,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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SLSA-OSSECS LUNCHEON AT THE 2015 SOUTHERN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

The annual joint luncheon of the Southern Labor Studies Association and the Organization for the Study of Southern Economy, Culture and Society will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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NEW BOOK EDITED BY AND INCLUDES CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SLSA MEMBERS

A new book, Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism, co-edited by SLSA member Jana Lipman and Daniel Bender is now available from NYU Press.
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WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCSES ON IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AND IMMIGRATION POLICY

SLSA’s latest “Working History” podcast, “Immigrant Rights, Detentions, and Activism,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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SLSA MEMBERS COLLABORATE ON RESEARCH PROJECTS AWARDED MAJOR GRANTS

SLSA members are working on projects that have received major grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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A. LANE WINDAM AWARDED INAUGURAL ZIEGER PRIZE

The inaugural 2015 Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies was awarded to A. Lane Windham for her provocative and ambitious essay, “The Cannon Mills Case: Out of the Southern Frying Pan, Into the Global Fire.”
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JOSEPH CRESPINO ANALYZES HARPER LEE’S GO SET A WATCHMAN IN NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL

SLSA member Joseph Crespino argues Harper Lee’s recently released novel, Go Set a Watchman, “offers a subtle and surprising exploration of racial politics, and not merely because of the racist comments of Atticus Finch, one of the most beloved figures in American literature,” in a recent New York Times op-ed.
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WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON TOBACCO FARMING AND FEDERAL FARM POLICY

A new episode of SLSA’s Working History podcast is available for listening. In “Tobacco, Family Farms, and Federal Policy,” SLSA Treasurer, Professor Evan Bennett of Florida Atlantic University, discusses his book When Tobacco Was King and the development and demise of family tobacco farms in the Piedmont South, tobacco farming culture, and the New Deal’s Federal Tobacco Program.
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WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON THE LABOR QUESTION AND HIGHER EDUCATION

The second installment of the SLSA “Working History” podcast is available for listening. In “The Labor Question and Higher Education,” Professor Elizabeth (Ellie) Shermer of Loyola University Chicago explores the impacts of corporate influence and the politics shaping higher education, past and present.
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SLSA LAUNCHES WORKING HISTORY PODCAST WITH EPISODE FOCUSING ON THE ROOTS OF BLACK PROTEST POLITICS

The first podcast in the SLSA “Working History” series is now available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. In this episode, “The Roots of Black Protest Politics,” SLSA Executive Board member and Hood College Assistant Professor Jay Driskell discusses his book, Schooling Jim Crow, in which he traces the roots of black protest politics to early 20th century Atlanta and the fight for equal education.
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2015 ELECTION RESULTS

SLSA election results are in! Robert Kortstad (Duke University) was elected unanimously as the next Vice-President, as was Seth LaShier (George Washington University) as the new grad student representative. The three new elected Board members are Kelly Kennington (Auburn University), Jay Driskell (Hood College), and Jessie Wilkerson (University of Mississippi).
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SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER

The latest edition of the SLSA Newsletter is now available.
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SOUTHERN LABOR STUDIES CONFERENCE WITHSTANDS THOR!

Over one hundred scholars, archivists, graduate students, and activists met in snowy Washington for the SLSA’s conference, “Slavery, Law, Legacy, and Beyond.”
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“RAISE UP CHARLESTON”: SNEAK PEEK FROM THE UPCOMING NEWS LETTER

The Spring 2015 newsletter will be emailed out to members soon, but for now, here’s a sneak peek of a member’s contribution, “Raise Up Charleston,” by Bob Korstad, Professor of Public Policy and History at Duke and nominee for SLSA Vice President. (Don’t forget to send your ballot to Jennifer Brooks by May 4th!) Korstad offers some reflections on the history of labor militancy and current labor activism in Charleston, and his own family’s history there.
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SLSA CO-SPONSORS SCREENING OF NORMA RAE AND PANEL DISCUSSION

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the NC AFL-CIO building, North Carolina Women United is sponsoring a free screening of the Academy-award winning movie Norma Rae (with Spanish subtitles), followed by a panel discussion.
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SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER

The latest edition of the SLSA newsletter is now available.
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SLSA COLLABORATES WITH SOUTHERN SPACES TO PUBLISH CONFERENCE PAPERS

The Southern Labor Studies Association announces its collaboration with Southern Spaces, a peer-reviewed, cutting-edge, interdisciplinary multimedia journal about regions, places, and cultures of the U.S. South and their global connections.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2015 SOUTHERN LABOR STUDIES CONFERENCE

The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, students, attorneys, public historians, archivists, and any other people interested in the experiences of working people in the Early American or US South to propose sessions for our next Southern Labor Studies Conference. The conference will take place from March 5-8, 2015 and will meet in two locations: at the University of Maryland, College Park during the day on Thursday, March 5, and then in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University from the evening of March 5 to the morning of Sunday, March 8.
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LANE WINDHAM, REED FINK AWARD WINNER, TO PRESENT AT GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Lane Windham, winner of the 2013 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History will present on her dissertation topic, “Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing and the Origins of the New Economic Divide (1968-1985)” on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Georgia State University’s Department of History.
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SLSA ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ROBERT H. ZIEGER PRIZE

The Southern Labor Studies Association is accepting submissions for the Robert H. Zieger Prize in Southern Labor Studies. The prize is named in honor of the late Robert H. Zieger–teacher, scholar, and tireless union activist.
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FALL/WINTER 2013 NEWSLETTER

The Fall/Winter 2013 SLSA newsletter is now available.
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2013 ELECTION RESULTS

Results from the 2013 SLSA elections are in.
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SLSA ANNOUNCES ROBERT H. ZIEGER PRIZE IN SOUTHERN LABOR STUDIES

In honor of the late Robert H. Zieger–teacher, scholar, and tireless union activist–the Southern Labor Studies Association announces that it is raising funds for the Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies.
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IN MEMORIAM: ROBERT H. ZIEGER

Dr. Robert Zieger, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Florida, passed away on March 6, 2013. Professor Zieger was one of the preeminent labor historians of the United States.
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SUPPORT FREEDOM UNIVERSITY

What is Freedom University? In Spring 2012, a group of young people did something that had never been done before in the state of Georgia: they publicly declared that they are undocumented and then stepped out into a street in front of Georgia State University.
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NEW EDITED VOLUME: LIFE AND LABOR IN THE NEW SOUTH

Now available from the University Press of Florida, Life and Labor in the New South, a collection of essays edited bY Robert H. Zieger, with contributions from several SLSA members. This collection of essays explores the dynamic new face of Southern labor since 1950.
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2012 ELECTION RESULTS

The Elections Committee (Cindy Hahamovitch, Chair, Robert Chase, and Heather Thompson) is pleased to announce the winners of the election for three seats on the Executive Board.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 SOUTHERN LABOR STUDIES CONFERENCE

The Southern Labor Studies Association is soliciting panels for its 2013 conference in New Orleans, LA. The conference theme, the “Many Souths,” invites a broad range of panels on southern working-class history, while at the same time it asks participants to examine how we have conceptualized the region: as rural and/or urban; as a single region, or as multiple sub-regions, e.g. the Mountain South, Deep South, etc.; as part of the Caribbean, Gulf Coast, and/or Atlantic World; and as a region defined by particular sets of race, class, and gender relations.
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