TITLE: Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890-1950
SPEAKER: Francille Rusan Wilson
EVENT DATE: 06/13/2007
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 47 minutes
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Who were the major black labor historians and how did they come to produce groundbreaking work in economic and labor studies? In a talk at the Library of Congress, Francille Rusan Wilson explored the lives and work of black scholars whose imprint on labor history and social science has earned them a lasting place in African-American intellectual heritage.
A nationally known historian, Wilson discussed and signed her book, "The Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890-1950," in a program sponsored by the Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Division.
Wilson's book, published in 2006 by the University of Virginia Press, examines three generations of scholar activists.
Speaker Biography: Francille Rusan Wilson is an associate professor in the African American Studies Department and affiliate associate professor in the departments of American Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Maryland. She is an intellectual and labor historian whose research examines the intersections between black labor movements, black social scientists and black women's history during the Jim Crow era. She serves on the board of the Labor and Working Class History Association. Wilson earned a master's and a doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in teaching from Harvard University and a bachelor's from Wellesley College.