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School of History

Where Next for Working-Class History?

When: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Online Event

A roundtable event to discuss the future of working-class history in the US and wider world.

From the end of Trump’s presidency to the start of Biden’s administration, election results, the Capitol Riots, popular protests, and the pandemic have posed urgent questions about labour, class, populism, and power in the US and wider world. Now is the time to think about the place of the working class in American history.

This symposium asks leading scholars “where next for working-class history?” How should we think about the field's origins and mission, and are they still urgent? How has the scholarship responded to the introduction of histories of gender, race, empire, and globalisation? And how has the field contended with the rise of the new histories of capitalism?


Dr Bruce Baker, Newcastle University and author with Barbara Hahn of The Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans (2016)

Dr Max Fraser, University of Miami and author of forthcoming book Hillbilly Highway: Transappalachia and the Making of a White Working Class.

Professor Julie Greene, University of Maryland and author of The Canal Builders: Making America’s Empire at the Panama Canal (2009).

Dr Adrienne Petty, William and Mary College and author of Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina since the Civil War (2013).


Professor Eric Foner, Columbia University and author of The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution (2019).

This event is free but attendees must register by getting a ticket to access the event. The link to the event will be emailed out 24 hours before the event begins.

For more information please contact:

Dr Joanna Cohen


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