Using an autobiographical approach, this essay reflects on the relationship between labor history and recent scholarship on the Civil War and Reconstruction era. The essay argues that putting these two fields back into conversation with each other will be vital to understanding the construction of the post–Civil War US state.
How I (Gradually) Became a Labor Historian
STACEY L. SMITH is an associate professor of history at Oregon State University, where she specializes in the history of the American West and the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. She is the author of Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction (2013), which won the inaugural David Montgomery Prize in US labor history from the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Organization of American Historians.
Stacey L. Smith; How I (Gradually) Became a Labor Historian. Labor 1 December 2020; 17 (4): 78–81. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15476715-8643532
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