Intersectionality and Labor Solidarity at Blair Mountain

Author(s): Brandon Nida

Year: 2015


Solidarity around labor issues is often seen as a construction of class interest and consciousness. I will examine an alternative view of the formation of solidarity through the theory of intersectionality. Using the case study of the Battle of Blair Mountain, I will explore how a potent form of solidarity was formed through a convergence of racial, class, ethnic, and regional interests. This is in contrast to a traditional view of class solidarity superseding or erasing these different experiences. This theory has a direct relation to radical forms of organizing currently being enacted in both the labor and environmental movement. Through critical applications of frameworks such as intersectional theory, historical archaeology can provide relevant and useful knowledge to a range of groups and people working on social justice issues.

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Intersectionality and Labor Solidarity at Blair Mountain. Brandon Nida. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433757)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 400