The late James Green (1944-2016) was an historian and the author of six books on American labor and radical movements, including Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America. His last book, The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom, inspired a 2016 PBS documentary, The Mine Wars.
From 1977 to 2014, Jim was a professor first of labor studies, then of history at UMass Boston. He created and directed the Labor Studies Program in 1981 and the Labor Resource Center in 1995, and in 2008, left the College of Public and Community Service to create and direct the graduate program in public history for UMass Boston's History Department. (Correspondence, documents, proposals, memos related to Jim's administrative work for the LRC are available from the University Archives and Special Collections Department within UMass Boston's Joseph P. Healey Library, as are research materials related to Jim’s published books, work related to his contributions to documentary films, essays, published articles, book reviews, public addresses, political speeches, papers presented, and correspondence with scholars and colleagues.)
Jim was involved in a number of community and labor support activities, including community-based history workshops on Massachusetts with retired Lynn shoe workers, Lawrence textile workers; commemorative activities like the one in Boston's Faneuil Hall where local union members who gathered in 1986 to mark the 100th anniversary of the May 1 eight hour strikes, documentary films like The Great Depression series aired on the Public Broadcasting System in 1993, and preservation efforts, like the successful attempt to win National Landmark status for the restored monument to the victims of the 1914 Ludlow massacre in Colorado. Jim served as president of the Labor and Working Class History Association from 2002-2004, and in 2009 he received the Sol Stetin Labor History Award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation. On November 5, 2015, at the relaunch of the Labor Studies Program and the Labor Resource Center, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh proclaimed November 5 “James Green Day” in the City of Boston.
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