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The Threat to the University of Iowa Labor Center Is a Threat to Labor and Working-Class History

The Threat to the University of Iowa Labor Center Is a Threat to Labor and Working-Class History The Threat to the University of Iowa Labor Center Is a Threat to Labor and Working-Class History John W. McKerley For over half a century, the University of Iowa (UI) Labor Center has played a cen- tral role in worker education, labor research, and the preservation, promotion, and teaching of labor and working-class history in Iowa and the Midwest. Founded in the s, the center has developed critical links between the labor movement and aca- demics, archivists, and educators across the state, becoming a focal point for numer- ous successful collaborations that enrich scholarship while directly improving the lives of Iowa workers. Among the most celebrated of these collaborations is the Iowa Labor History Oral Project (ILHOP). Initiated by leaders in the Iowa Federation of Labor during the s, ILHOP has become a major university-community partnership and argu- ably the largest and longest-running labor-focused oral history project in the United States. Project staff have collected more than twelve hundred oral history interviews with workers from communities and occupations all over the state. Among the earli- est interviews are those with coal miners whose childhood memories stretch back to the s. Recent interviewees include teachers and other public-sector workers who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Labor Duke University Press

The Threat to the University of Iowa Labor Center Is a Threat to Labor and Working-Class History

Labor , Volume 16 (1) – Mar 1, 2019

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Copyright © 2019 Labor and Working-Class History Association
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1547-6715
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1558-1454
DOI
10.1215/15476715-7269302
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Abstract

The Threat to the University of Iowa Labor Center Is a Threat to Labor and Working-Class History John W. McKerley For over half a century, the University of Iowa (UI) Labor Center has played a cen- tral role in worker education, labor research, and the preservation, promotion, and teaching of labor and working-class history in Iowa and the Midwest. Founded in the s, the center has developed critical links between the labor movement and aca- demics, archivists, and educators across the state, becoming a focal point for numer- ous successful collaborations that enrich scholarship while directly improving the lives of Iowa workers. Among the most celebrated of these collaborations is the Iowa Labor History Oral Project (ILHOP). Initiated by leaders in the Iowa Federation of Labor during the s, ILHOP has become a major university-community partnership and argu- ably the largest and longest-running labor-focused oral history project in the United States. Project staff have collected more than twelve hundred oral history interviews with workers from communities and occupations all over the state. Among the earli- est interviews are those with coal miners whose childhood memories stretch back to the s. Recent interviewees include teachers and other public-sector workers who

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LaborDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2019

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