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Wade Mainer, RIP

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On September 14, 2011
In comments to my Bill Monroe post, RM notes that the great Wade Mainer died today at the age of 104. I assumed he had died a long time ago. A legendary banjo player, Mainer was one, if not the, last major links with the world of old-time music. He came of age in the […]

The Two-Tiered Wage System

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On September 12, 2011
Good piece on the two-tiered wage system at UAW organized auto plants. Like a lot of labor people, I am really torn by this. On the one hand, it has helped get more people decent (if not now great) jobs. It has helped keep the United States from an even more intractable unemployment problem and […]

9/11 Thoughts

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On September 11, 2011

I hesitated to post my thoughts on September 11, both because everyone is inundated with remembrances and because so many people were affected much more directly than I was (including a good man I kne

Hot Cheetos

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On September 10, 2011
From a Times piece on the growth of food carts selling junk food outside of high schools that have cut out bad food from the school menus: “It’s not going to do much,” said Nathan Estrada, 15, a sophomore, who had a sandwich from home for lunch, but was buying Hot Cheetos as a snack […]
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We sometimes don’t immediately think of the history of slavery as labor history, but of course, it’s absolutely fundamental to any understanding of labor history in the American South (and to a lesser extent in the North) both before and after the Civil War. This series will cover major events in the history of slave […]
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