Monday, February 9, 2015

Legal History at Southern Labor Studies

Many sessions of interest to legal historians will take place at the upcoming biannual conference of the Southern Labor Studies Association, to be held March 5-8 at the University of Maryland College Park and the George Washington University.  In addition to a keynote, "The Labor Question Today," delivered by Craig Becker, General Counsel to the AFL-CIO, among those I spotted were:

David Chappell’s Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Chair: Sheryll Cashin (Georgetown University)
George Derek Musgrove (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
Thomas Edsall (Shapiro Fellow, George Washington University)
Respondent: David Chappell (University of Oklahoma)

Slavery and Abolition -- New Perspectives
Chair and Comment: Vernon Burton (Clemson University)
Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University)
“German Communists and American Anti-Slavery: An Even Longer Civil Rights Movement?
Amy Stanley (University of Chicago)
“A Pain Economy and a Human Right of Amusement: The 1875 Civil Rights Act”

The Moynihan Report: Myth and Reality in the Crescent City and Beyond

Chair and Comment: Steve Striffler (University of New Orleans)
Touré F. Reed (Illinois State University)
“Why Moynihan Was Not So Misunderstood At the Time”
John Arena (College of Staten Island)
“Daniel Patrick Moynihan, William Julius Wilson and ‘De-concentrating’ Public Housing: The Case of New Orleans
Megan French-Marcelin (Columbia University)
“Surveying the ‘Pathological’: Persistence of the Moynihan Report in Planning Discourse”
Comment: Thavolia Glymph (Duke University)

New Perspectives on A. Philip Randolph
Chair and Comment: Clarence Taylor (Baruch College)
David Lucander (SUNY Rockland)
“Winning the War for Democracy: A. Philip Randolph and the March on Washington Movement”
Elizabeth Gritter (Indiana University Southeast)
“A New Day Breaking”: A. Philip Randolph and the Challenge of Black Labor and Working-Class Activists to the Crump Machine in Memphis, Tennessee, 1943 to 1948
Ernest Obadele-Starks (Texas A&M)
“A. Philip Randolph and the FBI”
Comment: Clarence Taylor (Baruch College)

Race, Violence, Labor, & the State: World War II and its Aftermath
Chair and Comment: Robert Korstad (Duke University)
Thomas Gugliemo (George Washington University)
“White, Nonwhite, Nonblack, and Japanese: The Strange Career of Japanese Americans’ Racial Status in the World War II Army
Christine Knauer (University of Tuebingen)
“Labor, Lynching, and the White South after the Second World War”
Toni Gilpin (Independent Scholar)
"Organizing for Equality: The Farm Equipment Workers in Post-World
War II Louisville"

The Intersection of the Civil Rights and Labor Movements in the Postwar Urban South
Chair and Comment: Mary Ellen Curtin (American University)
Bryant Etheridge (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
“Making Civil Rights Meaningful in a Human Capital Society: Black
Steelworkers and the Struggle for Racial Justice in Mid-Century Houston”
Julia Gunn (University of Pennsylvania)
“’Alone We Can Do Little, United We Can Do Many Things’: Organizing Domestic
Workers in War on Poverty Era Charlotte”
Comment: Mary Ellen Curtin (American University)

Labor, Migration, and the Law

Chair and Comment: John Flores (Case Western Reserve)
Elisa Minoff (University of South Florida)
"The Limits of Migrant Worker Advocacy in the Age of Internal Migration”
Gabrielle Clark (American University)
"From "Alien Labor" to "Temporary Alien" Employees: Migrant Rights at Work across Regulatory Regimes (1942-2011)"
Daniel Martinez (George Washington University)
"Neither Here nor There: An Assessment of Unauthorized Migrants' Crossing"
Intentions upon Repatriation."

Race, Labor, Law: The Mid-Twentieth Century

Chair and Comment: Joseph Slater (University of Toledo)
James Benton (Georgetown University)
“ 'A Rising Tide of Imports': Labor and the Fate of U.S. Textile Industry Protectionism, 1964-1969"
David M. Anderson (Louisiana Tech University)
“Picket Lines and Lines of Progression: African-American Workers at East Texas’s Lone Star Steel Plant, 1940s-1980s”
David Witwer (Penn State Harrisburg)
Goldwater’s Racket: The Attempted Conservative Use of the McClellan Committee’s Investigation of the 1950s”

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