Ditch Diggers of the World: Capitalism, Expansionism, and Working-Class Formation

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This talk reinterprets U.S. labor and working-class history by bringing global processes–especially capitalist expansionism and empire-building–into our understanding of class formation. The workers supporting U.S. expansionism included soldiers and sailors as well as tens of thousands of workers deployed by the U.S. to help build its empire. The latter included workers already present in sites of empire such as the Philippines or Hawaii, as well as the many recruited by the U.S. to migrate where needed. Waves of expansionism, evolving strategies of global labor management, shifting routes of migration, and working-class strategies and resistance all need to be factored into our history of U.S. labor and the working class.


Capitalism Labor and Working Class

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