Democracy in Chains

Nancy MacLean, William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and former president of the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA), has published a new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.

 

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“This book is mesmerizing. Rarely have I encountered a work that speaks to such significant issues, with evidence rooted in conclusive new sources. In clear prose, MacLean reveals how a public once committed to social responsibility and egalitarian values became persuaded that only an unregulated free market could protect ‘liberty’ and ‘choice.’ Because of this, our once cherished democracy is now subject to attack. Everyone who wants to understand today’s confrontational politics should read this important book, now.”
Alice Kessler-Harris, author of In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America

“It’s happening: the subversion of our democratic system from within. How did the political Right do it? Nancy MacLean tells the long-overlooked story of the political economist who developed the playbook for the Koch brothers. James McGill Buchanan merged states rights’ thinking with free market principles and helped to fashion the inherently elitist ideology of today’s Republican Party. Professor MacLean’s meticulous research and shrewd insights make this a must-read for all who believe in government ‘by the people.’”
Nancy Isenberg, author of White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

CfP: Student Poster Session at 2017 WCSA Conference

We invite proposals for the Student Research Poster Session at the Working Class Studies Association Annual Conference, May 31-June 3, 2017 at IU-Bloomington. The poster session will highlight undergraduate and graduate research in working class studies organized around the broad conference theme of “Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution.” The conference Call for Papers is available here.

The Working Class Studies Association annual conference is a meeting for diversely situated workers including academics and practitioners interested in the working class and class struggle. This student research poster session is intended to create a dynamic and supportive space which invites students to share their work, discuss research with conference attendees, and become more involved in working class studies.

Interested students should propose their poster through the online conference proposal submission system here and note in the comment section of their submission is for the student poster session. Submissions are welcome until February 1, 2017.

Panel on Systematic Racism at Northampton Community College

Karen Gaffney recently spoke on a panel alongside Tim Wise, Prof. Denise Francois-Seeney, and Prof. Kamau Kenyatta about anti-racism at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. Prof. Jim Von Schilling moderated the panel. It was a great discussion attended by an audience of at least 150 people about the persistence of systemic racism, strategies for ending white supremacy, how everyone can take action, and the inspiring work of Black Lives Matter activists.img_7889-1

New Research on African American Coking Workers

Alan Derickson has published new research examining how  dangerous working conditions impacted the post emancipation black working class. The article, “‘Gateway to Hell’: African American Coking Workers, Racial Discrimination, and the Struggle against Occupational Cancer,” appears in the Winter-Spring 2016 Journal of African American History.