Erin Conlin, a faculty member in the
Department of History, recently published her chapter “African American and Latino Workers in the Age of Industrial Agriculture” in a new edited volume titled Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power.
Conlin’s work explains how large-scale industrial agriculture capitalizes on the South’s history of exploitative and negligent labor practices resulting in a modern farm labor system that damages the health of the environment, workers, and communities.
Conlin hopes that introducing readers to the deep history of exploitation and negligence will enable them to better understand the challenges facing the South’s contemporary agricultural working class.
Reconsidering Southern Labor History, won the 2018 United Association for Labor Education Best Book Award. Conlin’s publication is also among those being recognized at the 2019 IUP Council of Trustees’ Exemplary Scholarship reception.