Florida provides a unique opportunity to explore the history of working men and women within a constantly changing environment. Stretching from the Spanish colonial period through the recent organizing efforts of service and agricultural workers, this collection showcases a broad spectrum of working experiences in a region that has been sorely neglected in many labor histories.The essays in ""Florida's Working-Class Past"" pay special attention to gender, race, ethnicity, migration, and social networks. Under the guidance of editors Robert Cassanello and Melanie Shell-Weiss, the contributors offer fresh analyses of labor activism, re-contextualize Indian tribute and slavery within the context of labor history, and examine major themes in labor and working-class history in one place over several centuries.
Robert Cassanello is assistant professor of history at the University of Central Florida. He is on the board of editors for the Florida Historical Quarterly, and was a contributor to Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide. Melanie Shell-Weiss is visiting assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and author of Coming to Miami.