This essay recognizes the important role the Working Class in American History book series has played in shaping our understanding of the historical experiences of African American and women workers in the United States. It outlines the advancements historians have made in the field of working-class labor history and challenges scholars to incorporate the stories of informal, enslaved, and incarcerated workers.
Writing Working-Class History from the Bottom Up and Beyond
TALITHA LEFLOURIA is the Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies in the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She is a scholar of African American history specializing in mass incarceration, modern slavery, and black women in America. She is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (2015).
Talitha L. LeFlouria; Writing Working-Class History from the Bottom Up and Beyond. Labor 1 December 2019; 16 (4): 29–34. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15476715-7790225
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