This biography by Arch Puddington traces Kirkland’s life from modest origins in small town South Carolina to his rise to the top position in the trade union movement. It deals at length with Kirkland’s numerous clashes with the Reagan Administration, his efforts to expand labor’s political influence, his success in affiliating large independent unions to the AFL-CIO, and his response to the challenges of deindustrialization and globalization. It also tells the story of Kirkland’s central role in mobilizing international labor support for Poland’s Solidarity union and the critical part he played in the creation of the modern democracy movement.
Civics Education: Is There Common Ground, March 13, 2019, noon, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC. Speakers: Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute; Peter Levine, Research Professor in Philosophy, Tisch College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship; Public Affairs, and Research Professor in the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at Tufts University; Jessica Marshall, co-author, “Let’s Go There: Making A Case for Race, Ethnicity and a Lived Civics Approach to Civic Education ;doctoral candidate, Northwestern University; former Director of Social Science and Civic Engagement for the Chicago Public Schools; Joe Rogers, Director of Public Engagement and Senior Researcher, Center for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University. More information and registration