Postmortem on Bessemer Amazon Defeat
Labor historian Michael Goldfield, author of The Southern Key, offers his analysis of why the Amazon warehouse union drive in Bessemer, Alabama was unsuccessful and how similar outcomes can be avoided in the future.
Michael GoldfieldApril 11, 2021
Interview: If Unions Had Organized the South, Could Trump Have Been Avoided?
What can the labor struggles of unions in the 30s and 40s in the South tell us about the character of U.S. politics and the labor movement today? An interview with Marxist Michael Goldfield on his book The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s.
Michael GoldfieldDecember 12, 2020
American Exceptionalism or the Trump Aberration? Race and Class in American Politics
The rise of Trump and the lack of development of a major political party that represents the interests of the working class in the United States has led many to ask if there is something peculiar about American society. Goldfield and Melcher argue that the question, and its answer, are rooted in the organization of southern workers and a united front against white supremacy.
Michael GoldfieldOctober 8, 2020
Southern Labor Is the Key to Change in the United States, and hence North America, and the World
Despite its long history of often reactionary politics, the US South was and remains central to broader labor struggles across the American continent. Below, political scientist Mike Goldfield argues that the possibilities for a Southern labor upsurge are stronger than ever.
Michael GoldfieldApril 13, 2020