History@Work Lecture: "Worker's Power and the Politics of Narrative"


History@Work is an occasional series inviting scholars, writers, advocates, and activists to address compelling contemporary labor questions within historical context. In November 2021, we are excited to host Naomi R. Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. 

This talk looks at the ways worker activists in Racine, Wisconsin, used their knowledge of local history and past labor struggles to craft a narrative that kept working-class politics at the center of debates around economic and social issues in the city from WWII to the 1980s. Using public rallies, strike activities, and media appearances, workers took each opportunity to highlight the vital role of working people to the welfare and economic success of Racine.

Cosponsors for this event include the Department of History, American Studies, Africana Studies, and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.

Originally listed at the Higgins Labor Program website.