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Grivno Wins 2010 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Dr. Max Grivno, assistant professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, is the 2010 winner of the Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History from Georgia State University.

The GSU Southern Labor Archives gives the award annually to two or more individuals whose research will lead to a book, article, dissertation or other substantive product. Grivno submitted his current research project titled “Commies or Kluxers, We Need To Work Together: Organized Labor in Mississippi's Piney Woods, 1930-1975." This year, he was the only winner chosen and received a $500 award, according to Traci Drummond, an archivist with Southern Labor Archives.

"My research uses the labor unrest in Mississippi as a lens to examine white southerners’ changing attitudes towards organized labor, the obstacles to forging unions among impoverished and unskilled workers, and the interplay between the Civil Rights and labor movements,” Grivno said. 

The Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History honors GSU Professors Merl E. Reed and Gary Fink and their many contributions to education, labor studies and the GSU Southern Labor Archives. Both men were instrumental in the establishment, development and use of the Southern Labor Archives at GSU from the early 1970s.

Grivno plans to visit GSU later this summer to deliver a lecture on his project. He specializes in slavery, labor history, Southern history and the early national period. Previously, he worked as a historian with both the National Park Service and the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.

“He had such a strong history of publication, so we knew that if he came here and did research that it would really add to a great body of work that he already had,” Drummond said.

His 2008 doctoral dissertation was named a finalist for the Labor and Working Class History Association’s Herbert G. Gutman Dissertation Prize and the winner of both the University of Maryland’s Richard T. Farrell Prize and the Southern Historical Association’s C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Award. Grivno has been a member of the Southern Miss Department of History faculty since 2007.

Max Grivno

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