Breaking History: Episode 33- "Building An Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Working Class Sports Culture From Below in the United States, 1918-1950" with James WJ Robinson

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Breaking History: A World History Podcast  
Episode 33- Strikes and Strikeouts:
Building An Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Working Class Sports Culture From Below in the United States, 1918-1950
with James WJ Robinson  

Join Matt, Jamie, Adam, and Simon as we interview James Robinson for his dissertation topic "Strikes and Strikeouts: Building An Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Working Class Sports Culture From Below in the United States, 1918-1950." We talk about the genesis of the labor sports movement in the United States, from immigrant communities to radical groups engaging with sports to, to the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), a large scale mass sports movement through the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and the Popular Front, and how it connects with the Worker Sport movement of Europe. We look at how the Socialist Party and Communist Party engaged with sports in the interwar period. How do social justice militants work to claim the sphere of sports for working class people of all backgrounds? What ended the Labor Sports movement? We chat about the periodization of the Socialists and Communists, and some of the people involved in the building of Labor Sports, like Olga Madar of the UAW International, Dot Tucker of Local 10 of the ILGWU, John Gallo of UAW Local 600, and Lester Rodney of the Communist Party's Daily Worker sports section.

Join us for this fascinating look at the connections between labor history, radical history, and sports history!

Books mentioned in the podcast:

Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939
by Lizabeth Cohen

Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History
by Tony Collins

Labor's Time: Shorter Hours, the Uaw, and the Struggle for the American Unionism (Labor in Crisis)
by Jonathan Cutler

Media and Culture in the U.S. Jewish Labor Movement: Sweating for Democracy in the Interwar Era
by Brian Dolber

The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century
by Michael Denning

The Story Of Worker Sport
by Arnd Krüger

Playing as if the World Mattered: An Illustrated History of Activism in Sports
by Gabriel Kuhn

Silk Stockings and Socialism: Philadelphia's Radical Hosiery Workers from the Jazz Age to the New Deal
by Sharon McConnell-Sidorick

Eight Hours for What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920
by Roy Rosenzweig

The Park and the People: A History of Central Park
by Roy Rosenzweig, Elizabeth Blackmar

Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game
by Rob Ruck

Press Box Red: The Story of Lester Rodney, the Communist Who Helped Break the Color Line in American Sports
by Irwin Silber, Jules Tygiel (Forward)

The Making of the English Working Class
by E.P. Thompson

"A Road to Peace and Freedom": The International Workers Order and the Struggle for Economic Justice and Civil Rights, 1930-1954
by Robert M. Zecker

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
by Robert D. Putnam

The Breaking History podcast is a production of the Northeastern University History Graduate Student Association.

Producers and Sound Editors: Matt Bowser and Cassie Cloutier
Theme Music: Kieran Legg

Today's hosts were: Matt Bowser, Jamie Parker, Adam Tomasi, Simon Purdue

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