“Challenging the New Deal’s ‘Contemptible Neglect,’” April 14 Colloquium with University of Mississippi Historian Jarod Roll


For the final official Friday colloquium of the Spring 2023 semester, University of Mississippi Professor of History Jarod Roll will share his research on the CIO’s Depression-era efforts to confront agriculture-specific labor law inequities built into New Deal programs and legislation (see abstract below). The talk will be held on April 14 at 3:30pm in Jesse Hall 410, and anyone who would prefer to attend virtually can do so via this link (YouTube) or this link (Facebook).


The New Deal infamously excluded workers in agriculture—among the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country—from federal collective bargaining rights, social security provision, and labor standards regulation. University of Mississippi historian Jarod Roll will appraise the Congress of Industrial Organization’s reluctant but radical national effort to organize agribusiness workers and end these labor law inequalities.


Jarod Roll is a Professor of History at the University of Mississippi where he studies the labor and working-class history of the modern United States. His research focuses on workers at the rural edge of American capitalism, particularly those in the production of commodities such as food, fiber, and metal. He is the author of Poor Man’s Fortune: White Working-Class Conservatism in American Metal Mining, 1850-1950 (2020) and Spirit of Rebellion: Labor and Religion in the New Cotton South (2010), and coauthor with Erik Gellman of The Gospel of the Working-Class: Labor’s Southern Prophets in New Deal America (2011). Roll is currently completing a collaborative project on the CIO’s Depression-era campaign to organize agribusiness workers from field to factory.