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Australian-US Comparative and Transnational Labour History Conference, Sydney, January 8-9, 2015

The deadline for proposals for the Australia-US Labour History Conference is fast approaching.  We still welcome proposals for individual papers or sessions.  (See the call for papers below.)  The conference is jointly sponsored by LAWCHA (Labor and Working-Class History Association) and AASLH (Australian Association for the Study of Labour History.


Sit-Down Fever

I was asked to provide a reference in an article to the use of the phrase "sit-down fever" in the 1930s. I'm fairly certain it appeared right after Flint, but darned if I can find any info for who first used it. (I see in the NY Times on March 21, 1937, but the context makes it sound as if it's already in circulation.)

Does anyone have any idea where it first was used? (Vorse is my prime suspect!)  


Re: XPost: Scholarship on 19th-century songs of labour?

Bucky Halker did a book on this maybe 15 years ago, and recorded some of the labor ballads as well. University of Illinois Press published it, if memory serves. I have a copy, but not at hand.

There have been other studies of labor ballads from the era exploring their origins and such. I know I read an article in Labor not all that long ago about John Henry, have seen several pieces about textile girl songs from Massachusetts, etc. It is not my area, but I have bumped against several such items over the years. 

Early American Marxism (14-13)

Early American Marxism website • www.marxisthistory.org/

Weekly Update 14-13 • March 30, 2014

Nine new files.  Leading off is the text of the first leaflet published by the Communist Labor Party of America in November 1919.

The other 8 documents are from the first half of 1920, and deal with CLP-CPA unity discussions, the CLP's take on the Albany "trial" of the Socialist Assemblymen and the Labor Department's Ruling that CLP membership was not illegal per se, John Reed, and the government's efforts to repress the Communist movement using the legal system. 

Only one piece of Debsiana, a short bit called "The Power of the Press" (Feb. 1920).

Early American Marxism (14-11)

Early American Marxism website  •  www.marxisthistory.org/

Weekly Update no. 14-11  •  March 16, 2014

A dozen new files.

All of these are clustered in the first quarter of 1919, ground zero for the establishment of the left wing movement that ultimately led to a split of the Socialist Party. In this vein, of particular interest is the publication here of the minutes of the first three sessions of the City Committe of the Left Wing Section of Local Greater New York, Socialist Party.