WORKING HISTORY PODCAST: Novelist Wiley Cash on The Last Ballad and the Loray Mill Strike
On SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash discusses his novel, The Last Ballad, writing fiction inspired by the South, and exploring the complexities of southern class, race, and gender relations against the backdrop of the 1929 Loray Mill strike.
Board Member Jessie Wilkerson Publishes New Book, To Live Here, You Have to Fight
SLSA Board Member Jessie Wilkerson's book, To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice, is now available from the University of Illinois Press. Described as, "Inspiring yet sobering," To Live Here, You Have to Fight "reveals Appalachian women as the indomitable caregivers of a region--and overlooked actors in the movements that defined their time. Read a recent review of the book in the Pacific Standard, listen to an interview with Jessie on BYY Radio's Top of the Mind, and stay tuned to Working History for a forthcoming episode about the book.
On Writing Southern History, Poverty, and White Privilege
SLSA Board Member Keri Leigh Merritt recently discussed with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution how her family history informs her scholarly work, and the many intersections of poverty, racism, and policy in the South. "Poverty informs everything that’s currently happening politically," Merritt notes, "and studying poverty gives us clear answers about how to move forward and make America a more equitable society, particularly in the South." The full interview is available on ACJ.com.
WORKING HISTORY PODCAST: “Slavery and Memory"
On SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle, Professors of History at California State University, Fresno, discuss their co-authored book, Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy, competing narratives about slavery in the South, and the fraught history of race, memory and memorialization in the region.
STATEMENT ON SILENT SAM CONFEDERATE MONUMENT
The Southern Labor Studies Association stands in solidarity with the September 6, 2018 statement of the UNC Black Faculty in regards to the Confederate monument Silent Sam. We also stand with graduate student workers, who, in recent days and months, have done the vital work of connecting labor and racial injustice at UNC-Chapel Hill. As an organization that encourages dialogue and discussion about key issues and events relevant to the past and present of labor in the U.S. South and seeks to enhance connections between academics and labor activists in the U.S. South, a monument to a regime dedicated to the subjugation of labor has no place on any campus. We encourage other academic organizations and university departments to take a public stand on this issue.
The Officers and Board of the Southern Labor Studies Association