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Category Archives: Nick Coles
On a Monday morning a month ago I was sitting on the marble floor of the Squirrel Hill branch of PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, with a circle of activists protesting PNC’s financing of mountain-top removal (MTR) coal mining across Appalachia. … Continue reading
As an English teacher, I’m interested in the possibilities for active learning through connecting literature, daily life, and historical change. But I’m a political animal as well as a professor, and these are urgent times. So I was struck by … Continue reading
Each year the Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) issues a number of awards honoring publications in the field: books and articles, documentaries and dissertations. A panel of judges identifies “excellent work that provides insightful and engaging representations of working-class life, culture, … Continue reading
So union density in United States has declined yet again. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11.3% of American workers now belong to unions. This compares to 11.8% in 2011, and it’s a long way from the all-time … Continue reading
Last month, I blogged about the challenges of teaching an analysis of the US class structure that recognizes our sizeable working-class majority and critiques the myth of the broad inclusive “middle class.” I closed by questioning what’s at stake for … Continue reading