Podcast: Julia Gunn on Civil Rights Anti-Unionism: Charlotte and the Remaking of Anti-Labor Politics in the Modern South

Dr. Julia Gunn explains how progressive civil rights politics enabled Charlotte, North Carolina, to become the nation’s second-largest largest financial capital while obscuring its intransigence towards working-class protest, including public sector sanitation workers, bus drivers, firefighters, and domestic workers.

Gunn is a Critical Writing Fellow in History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research visit to the Reuther was supported through a Sam Fishman Travel Grant, which provides up to $1,000 for scholars to support travel to Detroit to access archival records of the American labor movement in the Reuther Library. The award is named in honor of Sam Fishman, a former UAW and Michigan AFL-CIO leader.

Related Archival Collections

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
United Automobile Workers (UAW)

Episode Credits
Producers: Dan Golodner and Troy Eller English
Host: Dan Golodner
Interviewee: Julia Gunn
Sound: Troy Eller English
...with continuing support from the Reuther Podcast Collective: Bart Bealmer, Elizabeth Clemens, Meghan Courtney, Troy Eller English, Dan Golodner, Paul Neirink, and Mary Wallace