Dr. Goldfield, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and currently Research Fellow at the Fraser Center for Workplace Issues at Wayne State University.
He will be presenting his new book "The Southern Key Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s"
The Southern Key explains the reasons for the failure of the US South to unionize—especially during the 1930s and 1940s—and why this is crucial to understanding the evolution of American politics, society, and economy since that era. It was primarily, the failure of the labor movement to fully confront white supremacy that led to its ultimate failure in the South, and that this regional failure has led to the nationwide decline in labor unionism, growing inequality, and the perpetuation of white supremacy. In addition, it is argued that what is important to understand in these failures is not southern culture, but the economic structure of various industries.