Ask About the History of New York's Working Class

Historians in the News

This week, Joshua B. Freeman, a historian and the author of “Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II” (The New Press, 2000), will be responding to readers’ questions about the history of the city’s unions, labor politics and changing work force.

Dr. Freeman is professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is associated with its Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. He has written extensively about the history of labor, modern America and New York City. In addition to “Working-Class New York,” his books include “In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966” (Temple Press, 2001) and “Audacious Democracy: Labor, Intellectuals, and the Social Reconstruction of America” (Houghton Mifflin, 1997), edited with Steve Fraser...

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