In this lecture, Dr. Jones revisits Philip S. Foner’s magisterial, The Black Worker: From Colonial Times to the Present. First published in the 1970s and 1980s, the 8-volume documentary collection proved essential to a broader recognition of the central role that working-class African Americans have played in the economic, social, and political history of the United States. William Jones is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota and Vice President of the Labor and Working-Class History Association. He is the author of two award-winning books, including The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. He has been a guest on the PBS NewsHour, NPR’s The Takeaway, and C-Span’s Book TV and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Nation and other publications.
A collection of lectures featuring particularly prominent speakers, many of whom are guests to the university.