Life and Labor in the New New South

Edited by Robert Zieger

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043111 | DOI:
Life and Labor in the New New South

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Life and Labor in the New New South is a collection of original essays by both established and younger scholars. Robert Zieger's introduction outlines the key economic, demographic, and political changes that have transformed the South over the past half-century. The individual essays address a variety of topics. These include the St. Louis Teamsters' efforts to build labor-community ties, the struggles of African American women for inclusion in Great Society programs, the decline of the southern textile industry, prison labor in Texas, the legacy of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike, anti-unionism in the South, and worker-citizen mobilization in the 1990s. Other papers examine the Arkansas roots of the U.S. Senate's investigations into union corruption in the 1950s, the influx of Hispanic workers into post-1980 Georgia, Chicano activism in Texas, and innovative approaches to organizing minority health care workers in present-day Florida. Overall, the collection exhibits vigor of scholarship relating to labor in the post-1950 South and provides insights into the experiences of working people in what historian Leon Fink has termed the “new New South.”

Keywords: South; Hispanics; African Americans; workers; economic change; deindustrialization; prison labor; Teamsters; unions; health care industry

Book.  360 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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