Now through January 5, 2019, “City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York” is on exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. The show highlights the 200-year history of how labor movements shaped New York and charts the evolution of the fight for workers’ rights, beginning with the dawn of unions in the 19th century right up to today’s continuing struggles. It uses rare documents, artifacts and footage to trace the social, political, and economic story of the city’s diverse workers.
SLU’s own Joshua B. Freeman was academic advisor for the exhibit, and also edited the companion book by the same title published by Columbia University Press. He was assisted by adjunct professor Michele Chen and former Distinguished Lecturer Ed Ott. Professor Ruth Milkman contributed a chapter to the book. “It is terrific that a major cultural institution like the Museum of the City of New York has recognized the centrality of labor to the history of New York,” said Freeman. “It is an exciting exhibit, and also a lot of fun.”
MCNY is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, and is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM. Learn more about the show here. There is also an excellent story featuring Professor Freeman on the CUNY website here, and a video below.