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Letter from the Chair

James R Barrett

Professor Emeritus of History
Professor of African American Studies

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Areas of Specialization

20th century US; social & labor history, the radical tradition in the US, race and ethnicity


PhD, Pitt, 1981



  • Barrett, James R. The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multi-Ethnic City. . New York: Penguin Press, 2012.
  • Hapgood, Hutchins . The Spirit of Labor. . Ed. James R. Barrett. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004.
  • William Z. Foster and the Tragedy of American Radicalism. . Urbana: U of Illinois Press, 2000.

Book Contributions

  • Barrett, James R. "“The Heritage of Social Class and Class Conflict on Chicago’s South Side” ." On Location: Historic Cities and Sites. . Ed. R. F. Ruggles. Geneva: Springer, 2011.

  • Barrett, James R. ""The Blessed Virgin Made Me a Socialist Historian: An Experiment in Autobiography and the Historiography of Race and Class"." Faith in History. . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007.

Journal Articles

  • Barrett, James R. ""Was the Personal Political? Reading the Autobiography of American Communism"." International Review of Social History (2009):
  • ""Rethinking the Popular Front"." Rethinking Marxism (2009):