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Histories of Labor in the U.S.

Black and white photograph of Cesar Chavez and other United Farm Workers Union members marching down a street in Redondo Beach, Calif., 1975. (Photograph by John Malmin. Reproduced from the University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections under Creative Commons License)

From service workers and graduate students to media outlets and rail workers, labor activism is on the rise in the United States. Workers have responded to the hardships they have faced from the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation by demanding better wages and working conditions. In this context, Process: a blog for American history invites proposals and submissions for an upcoming series on U.S. labor history. We are open to a wide variety of themes, including strikes and strikebreaking, labor policy, social and cultural histories of the working classes, labor and the environment, capitalism, and labor organizing. We encourage pieces that consider labor history and its intersections with issues of race, gender, sexuality, disability, the environment, migration, and politics. We welcome articles that connect some aspect of U.S. labor history with contemporary labor issues in the United States, or that engage in global, transnational, or comparative perspectives. We accept submissions from anyone engaged in the practice of U.S. history, including researchers, teachers, graduate students, archivists, curators, public historians, digital scholars, and others.

Submissions should be written for a public readership and should not exceed 1500 words. We will look to publish pieces in early 2023, but are open to good submissions past that point. Proposals and drafts may be sent to