Racial Capitalism Series: The Fight for Interracial Labor Unions in Philadelphia


July 27, 2021 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm



During this meeting, Dr. Yarish aims to extend Robinson’s analysis of W.E.B. Du Bois’s contributions to the Black Radical Tradition using the format of a short lecture on Du Bois’s theory of abolition democracy between The Philadelphia Negro and Black Reconstruction followed by a dialogue about past and present labor struggles as they encompass the city of Philadelphia (see preparatory readings list). 


Cedric J. Robinson, Black Marxism, Chapter 9 

Peter Cole, “Local 8: Philadelphia’s Interracial Longshore Union” 

Charmaine Chua, “The Ever Given and the Monstrosity of Maritime Capitalism” 

Robin Kelly, “Amazon Union Drive Builds on Decades of Black Radical Labor Activism in Alabama” 

Jake Blumgart and Christian Hetrick, “Amazon now encircles the Philadelphia region with over 50 warehouses”


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