Tag Archives: labor history

Situations and Relations

Back in February, I gave a talk to the UCLA Digital Labor Working Group about my network analysis with the Labor Who’s Who data. You can see my slides here: I opened with the idea that “the labor movement” is … Continue reading

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Networked Labor Movement: Edges and Mediators

This is the third in a series of posts I am writing to help me think through the use of network analysis and visualization. My first post in this series off-handedly introduced the phrase “bipolar labor movement”–which I suppose is … Continue reading

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Networked Labor Movement–one step backward

This is the second in a series of posts I expect to write to help me think through the use of network analysis and visualization. Read the first post, and a backgrounder. As one of my correspondents said of my … Continue reading

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The Networked Labor Movement

This is the first in a series of posts I expect to write to help me think through the use of network analysis and visualization. When I started converting the printed American Labor Who’s Who to an electronic database, I … Continue reading

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Five Ideas for Digital Labor History

This article originally appeared on January 9, 2014 in LaborOnline. Over the last two decades, digital technologies have transformed practically every aspect of historians’ professional lives. When I entered graduate school in the 1990s, there were still professors who wrote … Continue reading

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Laboring Wikipedia

Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Work with Wikipedia Last spring I finally made the leap.  Like many other college instructors, I’ve found the traditional term paper a less-than-inspiring exercise.  Students, infamously, do not read a professor’s comments … Continue reading

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Old Book, New Data

Over the past year or so I’ve been working on digital history project that aims to convert a 1925 American Labor Who’s Who into a research and teaching database and wiki. It continues to be “a learning experience,” as my … Continue reading

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Visual Culture of Workers’ Education

This week I had the opportunity to present my work-in-progress on the visual culture of workers’ education to a group of scholars at the Newberry Library. The great thing about a deadline is that it makes you write.  And the … Continue reading

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Transfixed by Distant Power

Workers gazing upward and into the distance was a key motif of sight in the art and photography of self-education. In this post, I follow this gaze to see what lies in the distance. Later I will move on to … Continue reading

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Upward and Into the Light

So, if you read the last post, you know I’m blogging my way through a rough draft of a chapter on the visual culture/iconography of working class self-education.  As with most popular political cartooning, those of labor and the left … Continue reading

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Working Paper: UC Workers Education, 1921-62

At the end of World War II California created a new academic institution devoted to the study and influence of industrial relations. Along with similar initiatives in at least five other industrial states, the University of California’s Institute of Industrial … Continue reading

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From the Archive: “a spirit of hostility toward organized labor”

I spent the last week doing research in the University of Illinois archives. Kind of what you’d expect: memos, reports in triplicate, lots of form letters. I’m looking into the ways faculty and administrators reacted to demands by organized workers … Continue reading

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