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Citadel News Service
4 Apr 2012

Life on the dock of the bay to be focus Charleston labor lecture

Labor historian Michael Thompson will address a gathering of scholars, students, and Lowcountry workers at 6 p.m. on April 19, 2012, when he delivers "Working on the Dock of the Bay: Charleston's Waterfront, 1783-1861" at the ILA Local 1422 Union Hall, 1142 Morrison Drive.


Michael Thompson

Thompson, a history professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will explore life and labor among antebellum dock workers in Charleston.

Thompson’s forthcoming book on the lecture topic is the winner of the 2011 Hines Prize, which is named for Samuel Hines, Citadel provost and dean of the college. The prize is awarded to the best first book relating to any aspect of the Carolina Lowcountry and/or the Atlantic World and it carries a cash award of $1,000 and preferential consideration by the University of South Carolina Press for the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) book series. Hines established the award in 2003 in honor of his mother and while he was at the College of Charleston where he served as dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and was founding dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. Hines came to The Citadel in 2007.

The Thompson lecture is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston, the South Carolina AFL-CIO, the International Longshoremen's Association (Local 1422), Charleston Central Labor Council and The Citadel Oral History Program.

For more information, contact Kerry Taylor by email at or by phone at 843-953-5357.

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