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Robert Woodrum

Assistant Professor    

B.A., History, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia, 1987
M.A., History, Georgia State University, 1997
Ph.D., History, Georgia State University, 2003


Labor History
20th Century United States
African American History
Southern United States History



‘Everybody Was Black Down There’: Race and Industrial Change in the Alabama Coalfields (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007).


“Race, Unionism, and the Open Shop along the Waterfront in Mobile, Alabama,” in Organizing Against Labor: Controversies in the Histories of Employers (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, Forthcoming).

” ‘The Past Has Taught Us a Lesson’: The International Longshoremen’s Association and Black Workers in Mobile, Alabama, 1903-1913,” The Alabama Review, April 2012.

” ‘Wearing Their Own Tombstones on Their Backs’: Globalization and the Coalfields of Alabama and Colombia, 1970-2001,” in Migration and the Transformation of the Southern Workplace since 1945 (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009).

” ‘This Is What the Union Done’ — One Example of Using Music to Make History Matter,” Teaching History: A Journal of Methods, Spring 2006.

“The Rebirth of the UMWA and Racial Anxiety in Alabama, 1933-1942,” The Alabama Review, October 2005.

“Wildcats, Caravans, and Dynamite: Alabama Miners and the 1977-1978 Coal Strike,” in It Is Union and Liberty: Alabama Coal Miners and the UMW (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1999).