David Roediger

David Roediger’s first book, THE WAGES OF WHITENESS, has had a huge impact on the study of labor history since its appearance in 1991.  David has taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois, and he is now a member of the American Studies faculty at the University of Kansas and the president of the American Studies Association.  He has authored a number of books which continue to stir up labor historians, most recently SEIZING FREEDOM (Verso, 2014).  David’s materials at the ESFL include critical texts in labor and African American history.




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David Roediger

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Labor and working-class history and literature

U.S. immigration history

African American and African diasporic history

Asian American and Asian history

Political-economic history, U.S. and global

Women’s history and feminism(s)

Political philosophy

Jazz and radical music history

Historical methods and historiography, including oral history