On January 8, 2013, Dr. Fred Barkey will present “The Socialist Party in West Virginia,” at the Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
For his doctoral research, Barkey examined the rise of the Socialist Party in West Virginia at the end of the 19th century through its weakening before and during World War I. Socialists were prominent in several craft trades, glass and cigar making for example, and proved popular with coal miners. Socialists were a factor in the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-13.
Dr. Barkey received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marshall University, and he earned his Ph.D. in history with a concentration in United States labor history from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971. Professor emeritus at West Virginia Graduate College, he also has taught history at the University of Charleston and the Institute for Labor Studies at West Virginia University. He was named a Danforth Associate in recognition of his outstanding college teaching. Barkey is the author of Cinder Heads in the Hills: The Belgian Window Glass Workers of West Virginia (1988), Working Class Radicals: The Socialist Party in West Virginia, 1898-1920 (2012), and articles for several publications, including West Virginia History and Goldenseal.
On January 8, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Bryan Ward, assistant director, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 723. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
West Virginia Archives and History Workshops/Lectures