H-Net network on subjects related to the history of labor.



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.

Recent Content

Labour comics news: new comic on hobo life; May Day: A Graphic History of Protest

Two announcements about labour comics from the Graphic History Collective:

1. The GHC is pleased to announce the latest contribution to the Graphic History Project: Bill Williamson: Hobo, Wobbly, Communist, On-to-Ottawa Trekker, Spanish Civil War Veteran, and Photographer, by Kara Sievewright. The comic is available online for free: http://graphichistorycollective.com/2014/04/04/bill-williamson-part-1-by-kara-sievewright/

Early American Marxism (14-15)

Early American Marxism website • www.marxisthistory.org/

Weekly Update No. 14 • April 13, 2014. 

Five new files this week. The first is an early (1891) Q&A with Socialist Labor Party leader Daniel DeLeon in which he expounds upon the relationship between the Socialist and Anarchist movements. The other four date from 1921and deal with the SPA's short-lived efforts to join the Comintern, socialist lecturer Kate O'Hare's kidnapping by the American Legion, the political defection of journalist J. Louis Engdahl, and the esoteric factional politics of the Latvian Federation, respectively.

All of these are available for free download and non-commercial reproduction at the following URL:

Call for Book Reviews: Culture, Labor and Class

Call for Book Reviews and Review Essays: Culture, Labor and Class

Working USA: The Journal Of Labor And Society, a cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal is calling for book reviews and review essays discussing texts relating to the cultural aspects of labor and class. The books reviewed can be academic studies from a range of disciplines, journalistic texts, works of fiction, biographies, memoirs, and artists' monographs. We will also consider reviews of art exhibits and cultural events, relevant to this topic. With some exceptions, the books reviewed should have a publication date within the last three years. The reviewers should have some expertise in the area of the review, and write in clear prose, free of specialized jargon.

CFP: Southern Labor Studies Association 2015 Conference in College Park and DC

Southern Labor Studies Association Conference

March 5-8, 2015

College Park and DC


The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, students, attorneys, public historians, archivists, and any other people interested in the experiences of working people in the Early American or US South to propose sessions for our next conference, which will take place from March 5-8, 2015. We will meet in two locations: at the University of Maryland, College Park during the day on Thursday, March 5, and then in Washington, D.C. from the evening of March 5 to the morning of Sunday, March 8.


Early American Marxism (14-14)

Early American Marxism website •  www.marxisthistory.org/

Weekly Update No. 14-14  •  April 6, 2014.

Five new files this week, all from the summer of 1921.