The DC Working Class History Seminar met at the Teamsters Labor History Research Center on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The Seminar is an informal group of labor and immigration historians who meet periodically during the academic year to discuss works in progress – draft articles or chapters – by Seminar participants. At each meeting, two pieces are discussed with the authors providing some context and the rest of the group providing collegial critique, asking questions for clarification and offering suggestions on how to improve the piece.
On September 27, the two papers discussed dealt with the community struggle to keep the Avondale (Louisiana) Shipyard open ca. 2011 and Frederick Douglass and anti-slavery insurrection ideology and politics.
Eighteen historians attended the Seminar. They were from DC, Virginia and Maryland with farther flung attendees from Kutztown, Pennsylvania, and Princeton, New Jersey. The next DCWHS will be held at the Center in early December.