Top Seven Reasons to Celebrate and Ask More from "Labour/Le Travail"

David Roediger
2002 Labour (Halifax)  
Da vid Roediger I WAS DE LIGHTED WHEN ASKED to make some re marks at the start of the Writ ing Canadian La bour: Crit ical Per spec tives Con fer ence, which was to hon our and ex amine my fa vor ite jour nal of labour stud ies -and the only ma jor North Ameri can one that has not re cently vil ified my work. But some days af ter the in vi ta tion, two boxes arrived, con tain ing the nearly 20,000 pages of La bour/Le Tra vail (L/LT) pub lished to date. My charge was to somehow ad dress those
more » ... w ad dress those pages. The talk would take a few minutes, and this arti cle would fill a few pages, but the pe rus ing took many days. No mat ter that I had devoured is sues of L/LT since be com ing a la bour his to rian in 1976. In deed that only made things worse, making me lin ger over back is sues like high school year books, re liv ing old mem o ries and oc ca sion ally catch ing peo ple in em bar rass ing poses. As the dis juncture be tween in put and out put of la bour for the talk wid ened, my search for a form that could be suit ably ep i sodic also quick ened. Marx's The ses on Feuerbach seemed to of fer an ap peal ing noun and "notes" (also from a Marx ti tle) had its mom en tary ap peal. From there, things rap idly degen erated into a Da vid Let ter man-style top-ten list, but one that lim its it self, for prac ti cal and bibli cal rea sons, to seven items.
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