Tales from the Reuther Library

Tales from the Reuther Library


Labor’s End: Automation’s Failed Promise of Freedom

July 14, 2022

Dr. Jason Resnikoff explains that the rise of automation in the mid-20th century workplace was heralded as a way to free workers from manual labor, but resulted instead in the intensification of human labor and the degradation of workers’ protections and powers. Resnikoff is a core lecturer in the History Department at Columbia University and author of Labor’s End: How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work.


Related Collections:
UAW archival collections
Detroit Revolutionary Movements Records
James and Grace Lee Boggs Papers


Related Resources:
Labor’s End: How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work


Episode Credits

Producers: Dan Golodner and Troy Eller English

Interviewee: Jason Resnikoff

Music: Bart Bealmear


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