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BOOK TALK: “Rust Belt Union Blues” authors Lainey Newman & Theda Skocpol

JOIN THE Battle of Homestead Foundation for an in-person program “BOOK TALK: Rust Belt Union Blues featuring authors LAINEY NEWMAN and THEDA SKOCPOL.

DATE: Sunday, Mar. 10, 2024 from 2:00-4:00 pm

PLACE: First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 605 Morewood Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15213

ADMISSION: Free but Eventbrite reservation required – REGISTER HERE

* Rust Belt Union Blues is published by Columbia University Press – get your copy here!


LAINEY NEWMAN and THEDA SKOCPOL provide timely insight into the relationship between the decline of unions and the shift of working-class voters away from Democrats. Drawing on interviews, union newsletters and ethnographic analysis, they pinpoint the significance of eroding local community ties and identities.

Using western Pennsylvania as a case study, Newman and Skocpol argue that union members’ loyalty to Democratic candidates was as much a product of the group identity that unions fostered as it was a response to the Democratic Party’s economic policies. As the social world around organized labor dissipated, conservative institutions like gun clubs, megachurches and other Republican-leaning groups took its place.


LAINEY NEWMAN is a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. THEDA SKOCPOL is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. Her many books include The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (with Vanessa Williamson); Upending American Politics (coedited with Caroline Tervo); and Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life.


*** While this program is admission-free, you are welcome to make a monetary donation on the Eventbrite Ticket Page to offset expenses involved in producing our 2024 Program Series. The Battle of Homestead Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit. ***

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