Thomas Adams

Scholar in History, United States and Australia

Thomas J. Adams is a New Orleans based historian and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago; has taught at Tulane University, Indiana University Northwest and the University of Chicago; been Professeur Invité at the University of Paris-Nanterre; and held fellowships from re:work (Berlin), the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon Foundation. His research and writing focus on social inequality, work and labor, critical political economy, cities, and social movements. He is active in public-focused scholarship, recently serving as Co-Chair of Panel of Experts for the New Orleans City Council Street Renaming Commission.

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Into the Night: Labor, Migration, and Political Economy in the Gulf South, 1875-1953

Into the Night follows cosmopolitan laboring-class networks that regularly passed through New Orleans from the 1870s to the 1950s. These communities were defined by circular labor migration with key nodal points ranging from Cuba, Sicily, Honduras, Mexico and France to Texas oilfields, Mississippi lumber camps, Gulf fishing boats and Atlantic seafaring vessels. The book traces the class and cross-racial and -ethnic solidarities of these networks and places this regular and forgotten movement and its political economy at the center of the era’s extreme political, racial, and workplace violence.