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Trotter to Speak at Lunch With Books Tuesday

Dr. Joseph Trotter

WHEELING — The next Lunch With Books program at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will feature an Ann Thomas Memorial Lecture with Dr. Joseph William Trotter Jr.

Trotter is the Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice and past History Department Chair at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is also the director and founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), president-elect of the Urban History Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His latest publication is “Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America” (University of California Press, 2019), which covers the last 400 years since Africans were first brought to Virginia in 1619, tracing black workers’ complicated journey from the transatlantic slave trade through the American century to the demise of the industrial order in the 21st century. At the center of this compelling, fast-paced narrative are the actual experiences of these African American men and women. A dynamic and vital history of remarkable contributions despite repeated setbacks, “Workers on Arrival” expands our understanding of America’s economic and industrial growth, its cities, ideas and institutions, and the real challenges confronting black urban communities today.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public.

Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

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