Tales from the Reuther Library

Tales from the Reuther Library

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Stories about labor history, Detroit, and Wayne State University
Assembly Line Housing: Walter P. Reuther, George Romney, and Operation Breakthrough – Part 1
Aug 9 • 28 min
In the first of a two-part series, Dr. Kristin Szylvian explains the role of the American labor movement, and UAW president Walter Reuther in particular, in lobbying for and shaping fair housing programs and legislation in Detroit and nationally after the…
I Am A Man: Photographer Richard Copley Recalls His First Assignment, 50 Years After the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike
Jul 26 • 17 min
AFSCME archivist Stefanie Caloia shares photographer Richard Copley’s story of his very first and what he considers his most important assignment covering the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike and, ultimately, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s…
Jessica Levy on “Black Power, Inc.: Global American Business and the Post-Apartheid City”
Jul 11 • 27 min
Jessica Levy explains how American corporations and black entrepreneurs worked together to forge a new politics linking American business with black liberation at home and abroad, focusing particularly on Leon Howard Sullivan, a civil rights leader and…
American Labor’s Anti-Apartheid Movement and Nelson Mandela’s 1990 U.S. Tour
Jun 28 • 32 min
Meghan Courtney, Reuther Library archivist, discusses Nelson Mandela’s 1990 visit to the U.S. as well as his long-term relationship with the American Labor Movement during his time in prison and after his release. Mandela’s 12 day, 8 city fundraising tour…
Julia Gunn on Civil Rights Anti-Unionism: Charlotte and the Remaking of Anti-Labor Politics in the Modern South
Jun 14 • 26 min
Dr. Julia Gunn explains how progressive civil rights politics enabled Charlotte, North Carolina, to become the nation’s second-largest largest financial capital while obscuring its intransigence towards working-class protest, including public sector…
Dawn Mabalon on UFW labor organizer Larry Itliong – Part 2
May 31 • 19 min
In part 2 of our interview with Dawn Mabalon, she explains how her personal and familial interests influenced her research on the life and work of United Farm Workers labor organizer Larry Itliong, as well as her forthcoming children’s book, Journey for…
Dawn Mabalon on UFW labor organizer Larry Itliong – Part 1
May 21 • 37 min
In this inaugural episode of Tales from the Reuther Library, Dawn Mabalon, an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University, shares her research on the life and work of Larry Itliong, a Filipino leader of California’s farm labor movement. She…