Leid Stories – 03.16.15


Mayhem, Murder, Madness, Money and Media Myopia

Leid Stories takes a look at a few major stories that illustrate how U.S. news outlets willingly toe ideological, political and racial lines in their coverage, and how this in turn shapes and controls our views of the world and our place in it.

Media literacy is a regular feature of Leid Stories.

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Leid Stories – 03.03.15


Toil and Trouble: Black Labor from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement (Part 4)

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Our guest, Professor Charles L. Lumpkins, concludes his presentation on African American labor from the Civil War to the turn of the 21st century—covering the periods of chattel slavery, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era. (Check the archives at leidstories.podbean.com for Parts 1, 2 and 3, which aired Feb. 5, Feb. 10, and Feb 17, respectively.)

Dr. Lumpkins is a lecturer of labor and employment relations at Pennsylvania State University, where he earned his doctorate in history in 2006, and teaches history and African American studies. He also holds a master’s degree in library science.

His scholastic research focuses particularly on the history of social and political movements, and the history of the working-class.

Dr. Lumpkins is the author of the highly praised American Pogrom: The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics, a necessary historical reference for understanding the state of affairs in Ferguson, Missouri, today.