Toni Gilpin, Independent Scholar | Newberry

Toni Gilpin, Independent Scholar

Friday, January 13, 2017


Center for American History and Culture Programs
Labor History Seminar

The Long Deep Grudge: An Epic Clash Between Big Capital and Radical Labor in the American Heartland

This discussion will draw from a manuscript in progress, aimed at both an academic and a broader audience, focused on the largely overlooked Farm Equipment Workers, one of the CIO’s original unions. The FE’s leaders, many of them Communists, possessed a uniquely combative class consciousness that engendered perpetual conflict with their principal nemesis, the historically anti-union corporate behemoth International Harvester. The FE also rejected the tenets of labor statesmanship embraced by the CIO after WWII. Against such opposition, the FE, despite fierce rank and file support, could not survive. But its demise speaks to the decline of the 20th century American labor movement.

Respondents: Rosemary Feurer, Northern Illinois University and Lisa Phillips, Indiana State University

Cost and Registration Information 

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