Working History Podcast

Working History spotlights the work of SLSA members and seeks to inform public debate and dialogue about some of the today’s key labor, economic, and political issues, with the benefit of historical context. Through the podcast SLSA is able to bring the research and expertise of its members to bear on an array of topics, to a worldwide audience. The podcast series is hosted by former SLSA president, Beth English.

Working History is available on iTunes or SoundCloud. Subscribe to keep up to date on the latest episodes and follow Working History on Twitter @workinghistory.


Poor Whites in the Slave South (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Keri Leigh Merritt, Independent Historian
October 2017

The High Cost of Cheap Food (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Bryant Simon, Temple University
September 2017

A New Narrative for Labor in the 1970s (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Lane Windham, Georgetown University
Labor Day 2017

Preserving Southern Labor’s Past (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Traci JoLeigh Drummond, Southern Labor Archives
August 2017

LGBT Discrimination and Activism in the Southern Workplace (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Joshua Hollands, University College London
June 2017

Southern Small Farmers Standing Their Ground (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Adrienne Petty, City University of New York
June 2017

Freedom Struggles in the Post-Civil Rights Rural South (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Greta de Jong, University of Nevada, Reno
May 2017

From Indentured Servant to Modern-Day Guestworker (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Cindy Hahamovitch, University of Georgia
April 2017


The Long History of Mexican Migration to the Deep South (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Julie Weise, University of Oregon
December 2016

Race, Identity, and Memory (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Blain Roberts, California State University, Fresno
November 2016

What Does “Working Class” Mean in American Politics? (SoundCloudiTunes)
Robyn Muncy, University of Maryland
September 2016

Migrant Workers and Labor Relations from South Texas to the Nation (SoundCloudiTunes)
John Weber, Old Dominion University
May 2016

Social Justice from the U.S. South to South Africa (SoundCloudiTunes)
Alex Lichtenstein, Indiana University
April 2016

Academic Publishing in the Digital Age (SoundCloudiTunes)
Derek Krissoff, University of West Virginia Press
March 2016

Justice for a Toxic Town (SoundCloudiTunes)
Ellen Griffith Spears, University of Alabama
March 2016

Southern Histories Through Women’s Words (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Melissa Walker, Converse College; Giselle Roberts, LaTrobe University
February 2016

The Roots of the Modern Anti-Union Movement (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Chad Pearson, Collin College
January 2016


The White Whale: Why Moby Dick Is a Story about the Fate of Southern Labor in the Age of Slavery (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Scott Nelson, College of William and Mary
December 2015

A Lifetime of Building Solidarity (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Michael Honey, University of Washington, Tacoma
December 2015

Women Apparel Workers in the US South (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Michelle Haberland, Georgia Southern University
November 2015

Religion’s Role in Organizing the South (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Kenneth Fones-Wolf, University of West Virginia
October 2015

Disaster Response in Historical Perspective (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Jacob Remes, SUNY Empire State College
October 2015

Black Women Convict Laborers in the New South (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Talitha LeFlouria, Woodson Institute, University of Virginia
September 2015

“Best True Stories of Life and Work on the Panama Canal” (SoundCloud; iTunes)
Julie Greene, University of Maryland
August 2015

Immigrant Rights, Detentions, and Activism (SoundCloudiTunes)
Anton Flores, Alterna
Guest Host: Jennifer Brooks, Auburn University
August 2015

Tobacco, Family Farms, and Federal Policy (SoundCloudiTunes)
Evan Bennett, Florida Atlantic University
July 2015

The Labor Question and Higher Education (SoundCloudiTunes)
Elizabeth Shermer, Loyola University Chicago
July 2015

The Roots of Black Protest Politics (SoundCloudiTunes)
Jay Driskell, Hood College
July 2015