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4/15/2003 Labor historian to present Jonasson lecture at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – David Montgomery, Farnam professor of history emeritus at Yale University and past president of the Organization of American Historians, will speak on "Labor and War in the 20th Century" Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture is sponsored through the Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield and is free and open to the public.

Montgomery, an international lecturer and one of the most renowned and widely published labor historians of this era, is the author of a number of books and articles dealing with the history and current prospects of working people in the United States. He edited the journal "International Labor and Working-Class History" for many years. His best-known books are "The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925," "Citizen Worker: The Experience of Workers in the United States with Democracy and the Free Market during the Nineteenth Century," "Workers' Control in America: Studies in the History of Work, Technology, and Labor Struggles" and "Beyond Equality: Labor and the Radical Republicans, 1862-1872."

Montgomery's work experience includes ten years as a machinist and union activist during the 1950s, two years in England helping E.P. Thompson establish the Centre for the Study of Social History at the University of Warwick, and visiting teaching positions at Oxford University and in Canada, Brazil and the Netherlands. He is currently completing a book about the ways African American workers in the Birmingham, Ala., region made use of a variety of different kinds of unions in their struggles against segregation.

Montgomery has a bachelor's from Swarthmore College, and both a master's and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

The Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history, who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote "Bricks Without Straw," a history of the college. For more information, call 503-883-2479.