This past May, the field of labor history lost one of its most original and penetrating thinkers with the passing of Judith Stein, who had battled lung cancer for the past decade and a half. Judith was born in 1940 and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in 1960 and her PhD from Yale in 1967. For the past fifty years, she taught countless students at the City College of New York and the City University of New York Graduate Center. Before her retirement last year, she had become a CUNY distinguished professor in 2013.

Her three monographs were field changers in their specific areas. Her first book, The World of Marcus Garvey: Race and Class in Modern Society (Louisiana State University Press, 1986) dispensed with hagiography and placed Garvey and the Universal Negro...

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