Curriculum Vitae

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1972 Ph.D. Yale University

1966 B.A. Northwestern University



2010- Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians

2009 Sol Stetin Prize in Labor History awarded by the Sidney Hillman Foundation

2004 Fellowship awarded by Fondazione Bogilasco to the Liguria Study Center,Genoa, Italy

2000 Chancellors Award for Distinguished Service, University of Massachusetts Boston

1998 Fulbright Senior Lecturer, University of Genoa

1988 Excellence in Teaching, Harvard Trade Union Program

1984 Bryant Spann Award of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation

1979 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship, University of Massachusetts at Boston

1977 H. Bailey Carroll Award from the Southwestern Historical Societyfor the best article of the year published in the Southwestern Historical



1966-69 Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Yale University

1966 Cum Laude Degree in History, Northwestern University



Books Authored:

2015 The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginias Coal Miners and Their Battlefor Freedom, New York: Grove-Atlantic. The rights to the book has been acquired by The American Experience to be the basis of a 2016 documentary film for PBS.

2006 Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America, New York: Pantheon Books, Random House. Anchor Books paperback,

2007 Listed by the Wall Street Journal as the author of one of the five best books Terror in America from Another Era.

2000 Taking History to Heart: The Power of the Past in Building Social Movements, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

1996 Commonwealth of Toil: Chapters from the History of Massachusetts Workers and their Unions, (co-authored with Tom Juravich and William Hartford) Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press

1980 The World of the Worker: Labor in Twentieth Century America New York: Hill and Wang, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (second edition by University of Illinois Press, 1998)

1979 Boston’s Workers: A Labor History (co-authored with Hugh Carter Donahue), Boston: Boston Public Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities

1978 Grass-Roots Socialism: Radical Movements in the Southwest, 1895-1943
Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University Press (Listed as one of the best academic books of 1978 by Choice.)


Public History Productions

2001 A Working Peoples Heritage Trail: Guide to Labor History Sites in Boston, Malden: Union City Press and Massachusetts AFL-CIO

1992 Narrative and photo captions for a permanent public art exhibition of six panelsdevoted to the life and work of Boston African American railroad workers and their labor unions. Installed near A. Phillip Randolph Statue at Massachusetts Bay Transit Authoritys Back Station, Boston.

1976 The South End: A Neighborhood Oral History, Boston: Boston 200Corporation


Selected Articles and Essay Reviews:

2009 Land-Marking Labor History on the National Landscape: The RestoredLudlow Memorial and its Significance, (co-authored with Elizabeth Jameson)International Labor and Working Class History No. 76 (Fall)

2008 Roy Rosenzweig-A Memorial, History Workshop Journal, Vol. 66, no. 1.

2007 An Impressionistic Look at the Murder Capital of America in the 1920s Chicago, Chicago Tribune Book Review, February 25, 2007.

2006 The Rise of the Immigrant, Boston Globe, September 4, 2006.

2005 The Globalization of a Memory: The Enduring Remembrance of the Haymarket Martyrs around the World, Labor: Studies of Working Class History in the Americas, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Winter 2005).

2004 Crime Against Memory at Ludlow, Labor: Studies of Working Class History in the Americas, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 2004).

2004 On Becoming a Movement Again: Labor Union Organizing in the 1990s,Seikatsu-Kezizai-SeisakuJournal of the Economic Policy Institute(Tokyo).

2003 Howard Zinns History, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23.

2001 Historia del movimiento, Historia militante, Taller: Revista de Sociedad,Cultura y Politica Vol. 6, no. 6 (Buenos Aires).

2000 He Recalls, Rereads, C. Vann Woodwards History with a Purpose,Boston Globe Book Review, April 2.

2000 Our Collective Project: Marianne Debouzy and Three Decades ofAmerican Social History, Labour/Le Travail No. 45 (Toronto)

2000 Historians as Allies of the Labor Movement, Chronicle of Higher Education, July 28.

1999 Fare Storia di Movimento con Radical America, Acoma: Rivista Internazionale de Studi Nordamericani, Numero 15 (Rome).

1999 Southern Places and Southern Voices: Oral History and Public History in the American South, in Prospettive Euro-Atlantiche, edited by Susanna Delfino, Rome, United States Information Agency

1998 A City of Multiple Memories, Boston Globe, December 9.

1997 A Partnership between Human Service Providers and a Labor Union, New England Journal of Public Policy Vol. 13, no. 1.

1997 Why Teach Labor History? OAH Magazine of History, April

1997 Sacco, Vanzetti and Labor, Boston Globe, September 5

1997 La Red Scare: La Spinta alla Deportazione degli Stranieri sovversivi negli Stati Uniti (1917-1920), Acoma: Rivista Internazionale de Studi Nordamericani, Numero 11 (Summer/Fall)

1996 Tying the Knot of Solidarity: The Pittston Strike of 1989-1990,in John H.M. Laslett, ed., A Model of Industrial Solidarity?The United Mine Workers of America, 1890-1990, College Park,Penn.: Pennsylvania University Press

1995 Making The Great Depression for Public Television: Notes on the Collaboration of Historians and Film Makers, Perspectives: Newsletter of the American Historical Association, Vol. 32, No. 7.

1993 “The Last Tenement: Confronting Community and Urban Renewal in Boston’s West End,” Journal of American History, Vo. 80, No. 3

1992 A. Philip Randolph and Boston’s African-American Railroad Worker (co-authored with Robert C. Hayden) Trotter Review (published by the William Monroe Trotter Institute, Universityof Massachusetts at Boston), Vol. 6, no. 2.

1990 Universities Should Assist Labor Unions in Empowering A New Generation of Workers, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 27.

1989 “The Politics of Public History, The Public Historian

1988 For Jesse Jackson, Populism is a Class Act, Boston Globe, April 3

1987 Labor, Liberty and Property: Workers and the U.S. Constitution, Special Bi-Centennial Supplement, Philadelphia Inquirer, 15.

1986 Engaging in People’s History: The Massachusetts History Workshopin Susan Porter Benson, et. al. editors, Presenting the Past: Essays on History and the Present, Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

1984 The Making of Mel Kings Rainbow Coalition: Political Changes in Boston, 1963-1983, Radical America Vol. 17, no. 6/Vol. 18, no. 1 (1983-84)

1982 Culture, Politics and Workers Response to Industrialization in the United States, Radical America Vol. 16 (Winter 1982).

1980 Populism, Socialism and the Promise of Democracy, Radical HistoryReview No. 24 (Fall)

1978 L’histoire du mouvement ouvrier et la gauche americaine,Le Mouvement Social, No. 102 (Paris)

1978 Holding the Line: Miners’ Militancy and the 1977-78 Coal Strike,Radical America, Vol. 12, No. 4.

1977 Tenant Farmer Discontent and Socialist Protest in Texas,Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXXXI, no. 2. (Winnerof H. Bailey Carroll Award from the Southwestern Historical Society for the best article published by their journal in 1977.)

1975 Fighting on Two Fronts: Working-Class Militancy in the 1940s, Radical America, Vol. 9, Nos. 4-5.

1975 The Salesmen-Soldiers of the Appeal ‘Army’, in Bruce Stave, ed., Socialism in the Cities, Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat

1973 The Brotherhood of Timber Workers, 1910-1913: A Radical Responseto Industrial Capitalism in the Southern U.S.A., Past & Present, No. 60.

1971 Black Workers in the New South, 1865-1915, (co-authored with Paul B. Worthman) in Key Issues in the Afro-American Experience, Vol. II edited by Nathan I. Huggins, Daniel Fox and Martin Kilson, New York: Harcourt Brace.



Professional Associations

2014- Member, Editorial Board, Journal of American History

2005-2009 Associate Editor, Labor: Studies of Working Class History in the Americas (the official journal of the Labor and Working Class History Association, published by Duke University Press)

2005-2006 President, Labor and Working Class History Association

2003-2004 Vice President, Labor and Working Class History Association

2003-2004 Chair, Local Resources Committee, Organization of American Historians (for the 2004 OAH Convention in Boston)

1999-2004 Associate Editor for Contemporary Affairs, Labor History

2000 Participant, The Internationalization of the Teaching and Writing ofAmerican History, Project sponsored by the Organization of American Historians and New York University, Florence, Italy.

1979-1985 Project Director and Academic Consultant on six Public History projects sponsored by the Massachusetts History Workshop and funded by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy

1972-1985 Member, Editorial Collective, Radical America magazine


Selected Public and Academic Lectures

2014- Mother Jones Annual Lecture, Mother Jones Festival, Cork, Ireland

2013- Rush D. Holt Lecture, West Virginia University

2009- Participant in the Distinguished Lecturer Program of the Organization of American Historians. The Haymarket Tragedy and Political Violence in America delivered at the Minnesota History Center Lecture Series, Minneaplois

1998- Lectures for the Fulbright Program on American labor and politicalhistory for universities at Genova, Bergamo, Rome and Bologna in Italy,at Pierre Mendes-France University in Grenoble, the Sorbonne in Paris, the Free University and the IGMetal Workers School in Berlin.

1997 Lieux de Memoir: Interpreting Sites of Memory in American Labor History, Universite de Savoie, France

1996 The New American Conservative Movement: Historical and Political Perspectives, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionmento SantAnna, Pisa, Italy

1993 Lecture on “Modernization, Democratization and the Working Class in American Progressive Era at a Conference on Modernization in U.S. History, Sponsored by the American History Research Association of China, Shandong University, People’s Republic of China.


1987- Six lectures a year on American labor history for the Harvard Trade Union Program, a six week residential course for trade union leaders from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Japan

1977 Five Lectures on Bostons Workers and their History at the Boston Public Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities

1976 Lecture on the Industrial Workers of the World at the Seminar on Syndicalism, Cambridge University.


Teaching Positions:

2015- Professor of History Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Boston

2008-2014 Professor, and Director of the Public History Program, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Boston

1984-2008 Professor, College of Public and Community Service, University of Massachusetts Boston

1998 Fulbright Senior Lecturer, University of Genoa

1987- Lecturer, Harvard Trade Union Program, Harvard Law School,Harvard University

1977-1984 Associate Professor, College of Public and Community Service,University of Massachusetts at Boston

1975-1976 Visiting Lecturer, Centre for the Study of Social History, Warwick University, Coventry, U.K.

1970-1977 Assistant Professor of History, Brandeis University

1969-1970 Tutor, Intensive Summer Studies Program for Southern Black College Students, Yale University


Administrative Positions at University of Massachusetts Boston

2006-2014 Director, Public History Graduate Program

1997-2001 Academic Coordinator, Labor Resource Center, College of Public andCommunity Service

1996-1997 Acting Director, Labor Resource Center, College of Public and Community Service

1994-1995 Acting Dean, College of Public and Community Service

1981-1994 Director, Labor Studies Program, College of Public and Community Service

1992-1993 Chairperson, General Education Center, College of Public and 1981-82 Community Service.

1979-1980 Chairperson, Dean’s Task Force on the Liberal Arts, College of Public and Community Service,


Creative Activity–Public History and Documentary Film Productions:

2007 Commentator for a PBS television program, The History Detectives.

2006 Interviewee at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair, broadcast onCSPAN 2–The Book Channel, June 15.

1997 Creator, Designer and Guide for A Working Peoples Heritage Trail ofLabor History Sites in Boston featured in Boston Globe story, Labor Intensive, September 1, 2001.

1995-1996 Historical Consultant to The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers a documentary film produced by Paradigm Productions, San Francisco

1994-1995 Historical Consultant and Author of Introduction to Labor History Theme Study, Historical Landmarks Program, National Park Service

1991-1993 Series Research Coordinator and Historical Consultant, “The Great Depression a seven-part television documentary for the Public Broadcasting System, Produced by Blackside, Inc., Boston

1990-1991 Historical Consultant, “Wheels of Change: The First Hundred Years of the Industrial Revolution”– Slide Show for Boot Mills Exhibit, LowellNational Park, Lowell, Mass.

1989-1990 Associate Producer, Research Director and Writer, “Out of Darkness: The Mine Workers’ Story”video production of Cabin Creek Films for the United Mine Workers of America

1988-1990 Project Historian, Writer, Designer, “Boston’s Black Railroad WorkersOral History and Public Presentation– permanent exhibit in Boston’s Back Bay Station for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority

1988-1989 Historical Advisor and Co-Producer, “Glory Days: The Longest Strike in Boston’s History” video production of WAC TV for Boston Cable Access Television