Welcome to H-Labor, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-Labor is particularly interested in fostering international discussion and colaboration on labor history topics. It also recognizes that teaching the history of workers entails maintaining some knowledge of working people and their unions today.

Re: Center for the United States and the Cold War Dissertation Fellowship and Travel Grants

Due to the current changes caused by the COVID-19 disruption, we are postponing the current application cycle for those interested in the Cold War Fellowships. We apologize to our colleagues who have recently submitted letters of recommendation and application materials, and we will connect with you with further information at a future date.

Email Michael Koncewicz at ColdWarCenter@nyu.edu if you have any questions.

CFP- Interdisciplinary Workshop Punishment, Labor and the Legitimation of Power- Deadline extended to April 13

University of Bonn, Bonn Centre on Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) Interdisciplinary Workshop

Punishment, Labour and the Legitimation of Power

Heinz Heinen Center for Advanced Study, Bonn, 24-25th September 2020

Call for papers

SSHA 2020 Labor Network Call for Papers- Deadline Extended to March 20!

Labor network co-representatives Cristina Groeger (Lake Forest College; History), Tristan Ivory (Cornell, Sociology), Amanda Walter (Towson University; History), and Greg Wood (Frostburg State University; History) invite proposals for the 2020 annual meetings of the (SSHA), to be held in Washington DC on November 19-22.

Occupational hierarchy of railway brakemen and firemen


Are you able to point me toward a reliable source of information on the occupational hierarchy between railway brakemen and firemen in the late-19th century United States? Specifically, I am wondering about the relative occupational requirements and compensation in the Midwest and Far West in the period 1880-1890, with specific reference to the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway.

Thank you in advance,