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Within the gay/lesbian historiography, there has been a long-running debate over the relative roles played by capitalism and urban culture in the historical formation of gay and lesbian identities and communities. The author argues that in recent years historians have come to favor the urban,...
This article focuses on Mexican experiences of ethnic and race relations in interwar Chicago. Mexican contact with European immigrant groups and blacks was critical in the formation of Mexican ethno-racial understandings of themselves and their place in the ethno-racial orders of Chicago. The...
In interwar Los Angeles, the politics of the neighborhood took on immense importance in the lives of white, working-class families. A close study of South Gate, a blue-collar suburb in southern Los Angeles, reveals that home ownership became central to the political identity of local residents....
“I AM A MAN,” the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike slogan, has become emblematic of African Americans’ quest for equality during the civil rights movement; however, its complex meanings in the 1960s have rarely been analyzed. The sanitation strike emerged amidst a groundswell of agitation...
This article explores the centrality of slave labor and race to the development of class relations in colonial and early national New York City. Slave labor was central to New York’s colonial economy and to the survival of Europeans on the island—no part of the colonial North relied more...
Using oral histories as well as corporate and union records, this article examines fleet service clerks’ construction of a workplace culture based on their ability to control their idle time as much as the work process. These workers who loaded and unloaded aircraft valued the ability to “get...
The Mississippi River system was an important site of African American resistance to slavery. This article illustrates that slaves used the western steamboat economy to run away from their masters, a history that has been neglected by historians. Western cities, and the commercial working class...
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