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is the author of the highly praised American Pogrom: The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics, a necessary historical reference for understanding the state of affairs in Ferguson, Missouri, today.