John Russo

John Russo

John Russo is the former co-director of the Center for Working-Class Studies and coordinator of the Labor Studies Program at Youngstown State University. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University. Russo has published widely on labor and social issues, in academic journals as well as magazines and newspapers. He is also managing editor of the blog Working-Class Perspectives.

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In 2008, a year Democrats won Ohio, Bruce Springsteen played a concert in Cleveland for the campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama. Obama and his wife Michelle took the stage to greet The Boss with his wife, Patti Scialfa. Views
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
‘Rich Enough To Forget My Name’: Springsteen, Trump and the Democratic Party
In 1996, Bruce Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad tour stopped in Youngstown. In the intimate setting of Stambaugh Auditorium, he dedicated his song about this struggling steel town to the community and a displaced steelworker family. The song was based on interviews with Joe Marshall and his son, Joe...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Hillary Clinton Needs To Declare the Trade War Lost
In a close race, every constituency is key — including the long-neglected. A new New York Times analysis of likely voters shows the percentage of white voters without a college degree who say they’re planning to vote for the Republican candidate is exactly the same as it was four years ago. Clinton...
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
What Trump’s Youngstown Problem Says About Campaign 2016
This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. Because of its potential for producing crossover Democratic votes for him in this year’s presidential race, Republican nominee Donald Trump has been paying a lot of attention to Youngstown, Ohio this year. This week, the old mill town gave him the kind of...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
What We Can Learn From Melania Trump’s, Um, Flattery of Michelle Obama
In all the uproar about Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic convention speech — a gaffe worthy of note, of course — we should not ignore the ideals both women touted: work hard, be honest and reliable, respect others, make a better life for the next generation. These are...
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