Joshua B. Freeman

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Research Interests

  • U.S. Labor History; 20th Century U.S. History


  • Ph.D. Rutgers University


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Queens College

Selected Publications

  • Democratic socialism all around: What Bernie Sanders’ New York can teach us about America’s future (op-ed in the New York Daily News)
  • Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World (New York:  Norton, 2017).
  • “DeBlasio’s New York,’” Dissent, Winter 2015, 29-35
  • American Empire, 1945-2000: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home (New York: Viking, 2012) (Penguin History of the United States)
  • Working-Class New York: Life and Labor since World War II (New York: The New Press, 2000.)
  • In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966 (New Edition, Temple University Press, 2001.)
  • Audacious Democracy:  Labor, Intellectuals, and the Social Renewal of America, co-editor with Steve Fraser (Houghton Mifflin, 1997.)
  • Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society Vol. II, Co-authored with David Bensman, Bruce Levine, Nelson Lichtenstein, David Brundage, Susan Benson and Brian Palmer, (Pantheon Books, 1992.)

Book Chapters/Articles/Reviews/Essays:

  • "Lindsay and Labor," in America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, edited by Sam Roberts, Columbia University Press and the Museum of the City of New York, 2010

  • "Sliding through the Seventies," in New York 400, Running Press and the Museum of the City of New York, 2009

  • "The Persistence and Demise of Ethnic Union Locals in New York City after World War II," Journal of American Ethnic History, Spring 2007

  • "Anatomy of a Strike: New York City Transit Workers Confront the Power Elite," New Labor Forum, Fall 2006

  • "Labor During the American Century: Work, Workers, and Unions Since 1945," in Blackwell Companion to Post-1945 America, ed. by Roy Rosenzweig and Jean-Christophe Agnew (Blackwell Publishers, 2002)

  • “Red New York,” Monthly Review, July-August 2002

  • "The Strike Weapon: Can it Still Work?," Dissent, Spring 1997

  • "Hardhats: Construction Workers, Manliness, and the 1970 Pro-War Demonstrations," Journal of Social History, June 1993. (Reprinted in The United States in the Twentieth Century Vol. II, 6th ed. by James S. Olson, Robert D. Marcus, David Burner, St. Martin's Press, 1995.)

  • "The Education of an Anti-Communist: Father John F. Cronin and the Balitmore Labor Movement," co-authored with Steven Rosswurm, Labor History, Summer 1992.

  • "Putting Conservatism Back into the 1960s," in "Teaching the Sixties:  A Symposium," Radical History Review, 44 (spring 1989)

  • "Catholics, Communists, and Republicans:  Irish Workers and the Organization of the Transport Workers Union," in Daniel Walkowitz and Michael Frisch, eds., Working-Class America:  Essays on Labor, Community, and American Society, University of Illinois Press, 1983 (Reprinted in American Communism, ed., by Harvey Klehr, Carlson Publicing, Inc.)

Works in Progress:

  • The United States Since 1945 (Penguin History of the United States, Vol. 5)

Series Editor/Editoral Boards:

  • Editorial Board, International Labor and Working-Class History

  • Consulting editor, New Labor Forum

Joshua B. Freeman - Distinguished Professor -  profile photo


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Queens College