U.S. Intellectual History Blog

Some Thoughts on What Separates Working-Class History from the New History of Capitalism

In a recent review for Dissent of three new books in working-class history, Gabe Winant writes movingly and incisively about the political education of the labor historians who elbowed their way into the profession between the 1960s and the 1980s. It was precisely because they came from historically marginalized backgrounds and defended embattled traditions that these scholars—not just labor historians, but also women’s historians and African-American historians, collectively the “new social historians”—were positioned to pierce the fog of postwar historical complacency… In direct consequence of the professional struggle and advance of this cohort, the idea took hold as never before Read more