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History Revealed: Workers on Arrival
February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America
Dr. Joe Trotter
With Dr. William Jones
History Revealed Series
February 10, 2021
Wednesday, 6:00-7:00 pm
Live presentation on Zoom
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Dr. Joe W. Trotter, Jr. Giant Eagle Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss his book with moderator Dr. William Jones, Professor of History at the University of Minnesota
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota History Department, the Labor and Working Class History Association, the Ramsey County Historical Society, and the East Side Freedom Library, and it serves as a fundraiser for the East Side Freedom Library. It is part of two on-going series: the University of Minnesota History Department’s History Book Club and the “History Revealed” series co-sponsored by the Ramsey County Historical Society and the East Side Freedom Library.
Since earning his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1980, Dr. Trotter had had an enormous impact on the fields of African American and labor history. His books include Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat (1985); Coal Class and Color: Blacks in Southern West Virginia, 1915-1932 (1990); The Great Migration in Historical Perspective (1991); and several collections of essays and documents, which have been central to the teaching of these fields. Workers On Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America (2019) weaves Dr. Trotter’s research and writings into a single narrative which makes a compelling case for understanding the place of African Americans in U.S. history as producers, as labor.
For this evening’s program, Dr. Trotter will be engaged in conversation with another prominent historian of African American workers, William P. Jones. A professor of history at the University of Minnesota and president of the Labor and Working Class History Association, Dr. Jones is author of two award-winning books, The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South (2005) and The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights (2013). He has been a guest on the PBS Newshour, NPR’s “The Takeaway,” and Democracy Now! and he has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nation, and other publications. He is currently writing a book on public employees and the transformation of the U.S. economy after World War II.
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