Author Joseph McCartin talks Reagan, Air Traffic Controllers at Carter Library on October 5


… Joe McCartin brilliantly and compellingly tells [a] tragic tale, and situates it in the broader narrative of middle-class America’s long and sickening decline,” says Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-Large of The American Prospect, regarding McCartin’s new book Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America (Oxford University Press).

McCartin will discuss Collision Course, which is about the 1981 air traffic controllers strike and what it meant for the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), late 20th century labor-management relations, and the administration and legacy of President Ronald Reagan.

The event will be held at the Carter Library on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 and is being co-sponsored by Georgia State University Library and the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. The lecture begins at 7:00pm in the Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater.

While this talk is intended for a wide audience, it will be of special interest to students and scholars in the areas of history, political science, and labor relations. This event is free and open to the public and there will be a book signing following McCartin’s talk. A Cappella Books will be on hand to sell copies of Collision Course.

Joseph A. McCartin is an Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University.

Georgia State University Library received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to digitize portions of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization records which are held as part of the Library’s Southern Labor Archives.

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