Richard Schneirov

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Richard Schneirov (born 1948) is a professor of history and noted labor historian at Indiana State University.

Early life and education[edit]

Schneirov attended Grinnell College from 1966 to 1968, where he helped found and lead that school's chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). He also started the underground newspaper "Pterodactyl." He transferred to the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1971.

He obtained a master's degree in history in 1975 and a Ph.D. in history in 1984, both from Northern Illinois University.

Career[edit]

Schneirov was named a Fulbright Scholar after receiving his doctorate. During the 1985 to 1986 academic year, he lectured at the Institut Fur England und Amerikastudien at the University of Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He returned to Germany in 2011, where he taught at Westfallische Wilhelms-Universitat in Muenster.

In 1986, Schneirov won appointment as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University.

In 1989, Schneirov was named an assistant professor at Indiana State University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1993, and made a full professor in 1999.

Research interests[edit]

Schneirov is a noted scholar of working-class history and of the Gilded Age-Progressive Era. Much of his research has focused on the American labor movement during the Gilded Age.

Schneirov's most notable work is his 1998 book, Labor and Urban Politics: Class Conflict and the Origins of Modern Liberalism in Chicago, 1864-97. The work won the Urban History Association's Kenneth Jackson Award in 1999 for best book in North American urban history. The book is a definitive account of the rise of the Chicago labor movement during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, the struggle for the eight-hour day, and the Pullman Strike of 1894.

The work is considered a major reinterpretation of Gilded Era history. Schneirov's thesis is that the American labor movement exerted a profound influence on Chicago and urban politics, and radically transformed liberal and progressive political thought. As noted labor scholar Joseph McCartin observed:

Richard Schneirov has written an ambitious and important book. It is ambitious in that it aims to combine the concerns of labor history and of political history in order to offer a new perspective on both the origins of modern liberalism and the nature of the late nineteenth-century class formation and labor organization. It is important in that Schneirov's fusion of class and politics yields a set of fresh insights that are likely to engage historians for a long time to come.[1]

In 2006 Schneirov contributed an important article periodizing the Gilded Age: “Thoughts on Periodizing the Gilded Age: Capital Accumulation, Society, and Politics, 1873-1898” and rejoinder to responses by Rebecca Edwards and James L Huston, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 5 (July 2006): 189-240.

In 2012, Schneirov has published "Chicago in the Age of Capital: Class, Politics, and Democracy during the Civil War and Reconstruction" (with John B. Jentz).

In 2014 Routledge published his essay and primer on American democracy, "Democracy as a Way of Life in America: A History."

Schneirov's current research agenda focuses on American politics and culture during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Memberships, honors and awards[edit]

Memberships[edit]

Schneirov is a member of the board of editors of Labor, Labor History, and the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is a reviewer for the Journal of American History, Social Science History, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the University of Illinois Press, and Cornell University Press.

In 2000, he founded the William English Walling Society, which since 2004 has become defunct.

Schneirov is a member of the Labor and Working-Class History Association, Organization of American Historians, the Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Eugene V. Debs Foundation, and the Illinois Labor History Society.

Schneirov is also a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). From 1997 to 2001, he was the AAUP chapter president at Indiana State where he led the fight for university policy protecting the professional rights of contingent faculty. He served on the AAUP National Committee on Contingent Faculty and the Profession from 2004 to 2008. From 2006 to 2010, he was president of the AAUP's Indiana Conference.

Honors and awards[edit]

Schneirov was named a Fulbright Scholar in 1985 and again in 2011, and received a National Endowment for the Humanities research grant in 1988 and again in 1995.

He received a University Continuing Education Association Creative Program Award grant in 1994.

In 2004, Indiana State honored him with the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Award.

Schneirov's 1998 book, Labor and Urban Politics: Class Conflict and the Origins of Modern Liberalism in Chicago, 1864-97, won the Urban History Association's Kenneth Jackson Award for the best book in North American urban history.

Publications[edit]

Solely authored books[edit]

  • Labor and Urban Politics: Class Conflict and the Origins of Modern Liberalism in Chicago, 1864-97. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1998. ISBN 0-252-02374-9
  • Pride and Solidarity: A History of the Plumbers and Pipefitters of Columbus, Ohio, 1889-1989. Ithaca, N.Y.: Industrial and Labor Relations Press, 1993. ISBN 0-87546-306-1

Co-authored books[edit]

  • Schneirov, Richard and Jentz, John B., Chicago in the Age of Capital: Class, Politics, and Democracy during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. ISBN 0-252-03683-2
  • Schneirov, Richard and Suhrbur, Thomas J. Union Brotherhood, Union Town: The History of the Carpenters Union of Chicago, 1863-1987. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1988. ISBN 0-8093-1352-9

Edited books[edit]

  • The Pullman Strike and the Crisis of the 1890s: Essays on Labor and Politics. Richard Schneirov, Shelton Stromquist and Nick Salvatore, eds. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1999. ISBN 0-252-02447-8
  • American Labor and American Democracy, by William English Walling. Rutgers, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2005 (orig. pub. 1926). ISBN 1-4128-0472-8
  • Two issues of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era on socialism (Summer and Fall 2003).

Solely authored articles[edit]

  • "Contingent Faculty: A New Social Movement Takes Shape." WorkingUSA. 6:4 (Spring 2003).
  • "The Failures of Success: Class and Craft Relations in the Construction Industry in the Twentieth Century." Labor History. 46:4 (November 2005).
  • "The Odyssey of William English Walling: Revisionism, Social Democracy, and Evolutionary Pragmatism." Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. 2:4 (Fall 2003).
  • "Political Cultures and the Role of the State in Labor's Republic: The View from Chicago, 1848-1877." Labor History. 32:3 (Summer 1991).
  • "Rethinking the Relation of Labor to the Politics of Urban Social Reform in Late Nineteenth-Century America: The Case of Chicago." International Labor and Working Class History. #46 (Fall 1994).
  • "Thoughts on Periodizing the Gilded Age: Capital Accumulation, Society, and Politics, 1873-1898." Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. 5:3 (July 2006).
  • "Voting as a Class: Haymarket and the Rise of a Democrat-Labor Alliance in Late-Nineteenth Century Chicago." Labor's Heritage. 12:2 (Spring/Summer 2004).
  • “Chicago’s Great Upheaval of 1877: Class Polarization and Democratic Politics” in The Great Strike of 1877: New Perspectives, ed. David Stowell (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008).

Co-authored articles[edit]

  • Schneirov, Matthew and Richard. “Capitalism as a Social Movement: The Corporate and Neoliberal Reconstructions of the American Political Economy in the Twentieth Century,” Social Movement Studies, 15:6 (2016): 561-76.*Schneirov, Richard and Jentz, John B. "Chicago's Fenian Fair of 1864: A Window into the Civil War as a Popular Political Awakening." Labor's Heritage. 6:3 (Winter 1995).

Solely authored book chapters[edit]

  • “Chicago’s Great Upheaval of 1877: Class Polarization and Democratic Politics” in The Great Strike of 1877: New Perspectives, ed. David Stowell (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008).
  • "Class Conflict, Municipal Politics, and Governmental Reform in Gilded Age Chicago, 1871-1875." In German Workers in Industrial Chicago, 1850-1910. Hartmut Keil and John B. Jentz, eds. DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press, 1983. ISBN 0-87580-089-0
  • "Free Thought and Socialism in the Czech Community in Chicago, 1875-1887." In "Struggle a Hard Battle": Essays on Working-Class Immigrants. Dirk Hoerder, ed. DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press, 1986. ISBN 0-87580-533-7

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McCartin, "Review: Labor and Urban Politics..." Journal of Social History, Summer 2000, p. 1010.

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