From local to global: American peonage during the New Deal, 1935-1952

Pizzolato, Nicola (2014) From local to global: American peonage during the New Deal, 1935-1952. In: III Seminário Internacional Mundos do Trabalho, 26-29 Nov 2014, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

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Abstract

This paper takes as a methodological starting point the possibility of injecting the study of a local phenomenon into global themes, political projects, and narratives.

The focus is on how historical actors in the 1930s to 1950s United States have used investigations (judicial, journalistic, and scholarly) of peonage -- unfree labour -- in the Oglethorpe County of Georgia, in the American South, to support competing grand narratives global in scope, such as neo-abolitionism, economic liberalism or Marxist proletarian revolution.

During the New Deal, on the basis of local testimonies and court cases, political activists of different political hues construed peonage as a phenomenon transcending the local circumstances and impinging on wider political discourses, projects and institutional policies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 16591
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Date Deposited: 29 May 2015 14:14
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 18:29
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16591

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