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William P. Jones Jones

Email: wjones3@wisc.edu
Phone: (608)263-1784
Office: 5135 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5006 Mosse Humanities

Website: The March on Washington (book)

Curriculum Vitae: View PDF

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 or by appointment

Education: PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MA: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA: Northwestern University

Bio Sketch:

I am a historian of the 20th Century United States, with a particular interest in race, class and work. I have written books on African American industrial workers in the Jim Crow South and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. I am currently writing a book on public employees and the transformation of the U.S. economy after the Second World War.

Research Interests:

Social and Political, 20th Century US, Labor and Working Class, African American, Civil Rights.

Selected Publications:

  • The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013)
  • The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South (University of Illinois Press, 2005)
  • “The Unknown Origins of the March on Washington: Civil Rights Politics and the Black Working Class,” Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 7:3 (Fall, 2010), 33-52
  • “How Black ‘Folk’ Survived in the Modern South: Industrialization, Popular Culture, and the Transformation of Black Working-Class Leisure in the Jim Crow South,” in Ken Warren and Adolph Reed, Jr., eds., Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought (Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2009), 53-79
  • “Nothing Special to Offer the Negro”: Revisiting the “’Debsian View’ of the Negro Question,” International Labor and Working Class History 74 (Fall 2008), 212-224


  • Best Article Award, Labor, 2010-2011
  • Institute for Research in the Humanities, Resident Fellowship, 2010
  • Vilas Associate Award, UW Madison, 2009-2011
  • Faculty Development Grant, UW Madison, 2009-2010
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NEH/Newhouse Fellowship, 2005-2006
  • H.L. Mitchell Award, Southern Historical Association, 2006
  • Wentworth Illinois History Book Award, 2005

History Courses Taught:

Lecture Courses:

Undergraduate Seminars:

  • History 600 - Advanced Seminar in History - Topics: "Long Civil Rights Movement" - Syllabus 2014 (pdf)

Graduate Seminars:

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