The importance of storytelling to historians, labor unions, and community-building
with panelists Augustus Wood, Stephanie Fortado, Jim Barrett, and moderator Ricky Baldwin.
Broadcast on U-C Independent Media Center's Sounds Like Community, 1/13/2021.
View the video recording
or listen to just the audio
If people have documents, artifacts, pictures etc. connected to stories of the IMC we will have a questionnaire to get you connected to the History Harvest digitizing these Spring.
Books recommended (by Stephanie Fortado or as noted)
- Taking History to Heart: The Power of the Past in Building Social Movements. By James Green. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000. 340 pages. A video of Green ("Movement historian speaks about storytelling") talking about the book: https://archive.org/details/2069.jamesgreentakinghistorytoheart
- History from the Bottom Up and the Inside Out: Ethnicity, Race, and Identity in Working-Class History. By James R. Barrett. 2017. 304 pages. More about this book: https://www.dukeupress.edu/history-from-the-bottom-up-and-the-inside-out
- Holding The Line: Women In The Great Arizona Mine Strike. By Barbara Kingsolver. 1989. ILR Press. 228 pages. — (about a strike that was lost, but a story about women who through labor movement are empowered). More info at: http://www.kingsolver.com/books/holding-the-line-women-in-the-great-arizona-mine-strike.html
- Patrick notes: One of the great stories of the Building Trades is the history of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Empire in Wood: A History of the Carpenters' Union by Robert Christie. I think it was his masters thesis. A fellow carpenter urged me to read it. Robt Christie knew where "all the bodies were buried." Reading this book as a young journeyman carpenter launched my thirst to become a student of labor history and to become an activist inside and outside my union.
Antoinette Burton notes: To learn more about Hal Baron, come to a Humanities Research Institute event on campus:
A conversation with Lou Turner on the Hal Baron Project
noon, Friday, January 29th, on zoom