Sorry not to have posted much in the last week, but I have had much other work to do, was subbing at WEFT for a couple shows, and also had to deal with a downed laptop which presaged my getting a new (well, used, but very good) computer. While I still have to upload many files from the old laptop onto it, the new one is up and running, so it looks like as good a time as any to put up a new post, if even a short one. Many more should follow this week, with the usual allotment of links, as well as some of my own commentaries, which I had planned to add last week before the spate of heavy work and the computer problems.
Be sure to check out this very good story by Kate Zernike in yesterday’s New York Times on the Wisconsin protests and anti-union fight, complete with some excellent quotations from great historians such as Rosemary Feurer (author of the magisterial Radical Unionism in the Midwest, 1900-1950), Michael Kazin (author of the seminal work The Populist Persuasion), and William P. Jones (author of the wonderful The Tribe of Black Ulysses, a terrific book about black lumber workers). While I do think the story could have done more to explicate some of the right-wing forces at work, including popular anti-unionism in public discourse, it was really good for what space it did have.
Keep coming by for more stories and links on this and other labor stories.