James Wolfinger will discuss his new book Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry (Cornell, 2016) at the Avery Room (Second Floor of Bobst Library) on Wednesday June 8 at 6:00 PM. James Wolfinger is an Associate Professor of History and Education at DuPaul University in Chicago. He is also the author of Philadelphia Divided: Race and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love. Introduction and comment by Joshua Freeman, Distinguished Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College and author of In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966 and Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II.
On Running the Rails:
“Running the Rails is a fascinating and compelling account of the history of Philadelphia transit workers over a very long period of time. It is a work of classic labor history in that James Wolfinger tells the story of a group of workers and their efforts to unionize and, crucially, of management’s efforts to control those workers and destroy or challenge their unions.”—Eric Arnesen, James R. Hoffa Professor of Modern American Labor History and Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, The George Washington University, author of Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality
This event is cosponsored by the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and The New York Labor History Association.
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