Local Historians Gather at the LHRC to Discuss Works in Progress

Submitted by LHRC on Fri, 02/17/2012 - 17:32

The DC Working Class History Seminar met at the Teamsters Labor History Research Center on Saturday, February 11, 2012.  The Seminar is a group of greater DC area labor, immigrant and social historians who meet every other month to discuss draft journal articles or book chapters.  Generally two papers are reviewed by seminar participants who offer suggestions to the authors on how to improve their pieces.  On February 11 topics included female clerical workers in the 1970s and 1980s and labor anti-communism in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. 

The Seminar previously met at the LHRC in October and December 2011.  Topics at these earlier meetings included the Immigrants’ Bank of New York, an occupational analysis of wet nurses in New York in the second half of the 19th century, IBT Local 544 and the origins of the Smith Act, and the Neighborhood Union in Atlanta, 1908-1913.  Seminar meetings draw 15 participants on the average.  The LHRC is pleased to provide the setting for what has proved to be a stimulating and productive gathering for the scholars.