Inaugurating a new section, Whither Labor History? Editor Leon Fink takes note of a curious paradox: labor history appears to be thriving even as the labor movement (at least in the U.S.) is withering at the vine. How can that be? A speculative short essay focuses on how the historians themselves seem to have responded to the changing, and generally more adverse terrain of their subject in the contemporary workplace. On balance, it is suggested, the field has turned to its margins and borderlands for new subjects while returning to political economy for analytic sustenance and understanding.

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