37TH Annual North American Labor History Conference
October 22-24, 2015
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

This Year’s Keynotes

Thursday: Dana Frank, University of California, Santa Cruz
Honduras:  The Empire in Real Time

Friday: Christopher Tomlins, University of California, Berkeley
The Work of Death:  Massacre and Retribution in Southampton County, Virginia, August 1831

Other Highlights

Roundtable Discussion on The Past and Future of Labor History:  Re-thinking the Field’s Past and Future
Featuring: Eric Arneson, Julie Greene, Will Jones, Nelson Lichtenstein, and Nancy MacLean

Book Talk on The Communist International and US Communism, 1919-29
Featuring author Jacob Zumoff and commentators Michael Goldfield and Edward Johanningsmeier

Book Talk on Managing Inequality:  Northern Racial Liberalism in Interwar Detroit
Featuring author Karen R. Miller and commentators Angela Dillard and Karen J. Miller

Book Talk on The Origins of Right to Work:  Antilabor Democracy in 19th Century Chicago
Featuring author Cedric de Leon and commentators Chad Pearson and Sam Mitrani

Revisiting Christopher Tomlins’s Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865|


            Denver Brunsman, George Washington University

            Martha Jones, University of Michigan

            Janine Lanza, Wayne State University

            Christopher Tomlins, University of California School of Law, Berkeley


Revisiting Stacey Smith’s Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction (Co-sponsored by Labor & Working Class History Association)


Adam Arenson, Yale University

Ikuko Asaka, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Jared Roll, University of Mississippi

Stacey Smith, Oregon State University


Phone:  313-577-2525
Fax: 313-577-6987