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Articles by: Jane LaTour

Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come

Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come

                         In 2017, Sweat won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Playwright Lynn Nottage based her play on interviews with steelworkers in Reading, Pennsylvania, conducted in 2011, at a time when the U.S. Census Bureau officially ranked Reading as one of the poorest cities in America.  Nottage cast her factory[Read More…]

Labor History Happened Here—And Why It Matters

Labor History Happened Here—And Why It Matters

Bill Hohlfeld, LaborPress’s resident historian and educator, started out as an ironworker. He describes labor history as “literally, our story. It’s the chronicle of our ancestors.” Gotta know your labor history… It tells us who the farm girls were who went to work in the textile mills of New England; or the cigar workers of New York, who read the[Read More…]

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Danger! Men Working

Danger! Men Working

Blue-collar workers die at a disproportionate rate on the job, and afterward, from job-related illnesses. But the harsh reality slips from our grasp, gets pushed aside as the cost of doing business, their difficult and dangerous labors taken for granted. This essay looks at some of the most compelling stories that got book-length treatment, and together, capture the full dimension of death on the job and the aftermath. They provide a blueprint of the issues involved in lost lives, fractured families, regulation, compensation, and culpability.

Building Resistance to Trump on Staten Island

Building Resistance to Trump on Staten Island

New York City, with an estimated population of 8.55 million inhabitants, is made up of 5 distinctive boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.  Most New Yorkers think of Staten Island, the city’s largest, whitest and least populous borough, as the most right-wing part of the city.  After all, it provided the margins that put both former Mayors Michael[Read More…]