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Virtual Program | Discussion of Murder in the Garment District: The Grip of Organized Crime and the Decline of Labor in the United States


In 1949, International Ladies Garment Workers Union organizer William Lurye was stabbed to death in public by mob assassins.

This brazen killing catalyzes seismic changes in Murder in the Garment District, the new book by David Witwer and Catherine Rios. Using this event as a focal point, Witwer and Rios explore the fraught history of labor unions in America at a pivotal moment that has since defined the country’s complicated relationship with organized labor. Join the authors and Georgetown University’s Joeseph McCartin, an expert on the history of labor in the United States, for a conversation about a shocking murder and its disastrous aftermath.

This is presented as part of our ongoing programming partnership with The New Press


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

7:00 pm

Virtual Program via Zoom Webinar


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    David Witwer & Catherine Rios

    David Witwer and Catherine Rios are the authors of Murder in the Garment District. Witwer is a professor of history and American studies at Penn State Harrisburg and the author of Corruption and Reform in the Teamsters Union and Shadow of the Racketeer. Rios is an award-winning filmmaker and writer, an associate professor of humanities and communications at Penn State Harrisburg.

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    Joseph McCartin

    Joseph A. McCartin is an expert on U.S. labor, social and political history. His research and writing focuses on the intersection of labor organization, politics, and public policy. He teaches courses at Georgetown University in 20th Century U.S. Labor History, U.S. Since 1945, America Between the Wars, Modern U.S. State and Society, and 20th Century U.S. Social History.