Eric Arnesen specializes in the history of race, labor, and civil rights. The James R. Hoffa Professor of Labor History and executive associate dean for faculty affairs at George Washington University, he is the author of two award-winning books—Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality (2001) and Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923 (1991)—as well as the author, editor, or coeditor of four other books. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he has published regularly in the Chicago Tribune and his reviews and review essays have appeared in the New Republic, the Nation, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Historically Speaking, and Dissent. He regularly writes for and edits several children's history magazines and currently codirects the Washington History Seminar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Harvard's Charles Warren Center, he has also held the Distinguished Fulbright Chair at Uppsala University in Sweden and received the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism. He is completing a biography of the civil rights and labor leader A. Philip Randolph.
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- African American History, the Left, and Anticommunism
- African Americans and the Great Migration
- Civil Rights and the Cold War at Home
- Democracy on Trial at Home and Abroad: A. Philip Randolph and the Meanings of World War II
- Myths of Solidarity: Race, the African American Labor Tradition, and the History of American Labor
- The Challenges of Black Internationalism: Black Activists and the Cold War
- The Divided Homefront: African American Politics and Protest during World War I and World War II
- The Legacies of A. Philip Randolph: Civil Rights, Labor, and the New Black Politics