Austin, Aleine

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Aleine Austin, historian, author, and labor activist was born in New York City, July 19, 1922.

She received the B.A. (1945) from Antioch College and completed her graduate work at Columbia University (M.A. 1947; Ph. D., 1970). Austin's special interest of study and teaching was the American labor movement. She was a teaching staff member intermittently at the Highlander Folk School in East Tennessee from 1943-1956 and remained closely associated with the school's directors, Myles and Zilphia Horton. Austin later began research for an unfinished biography of Zilphia Hoton. During 1944-1946, Austin initiated a union education program for the riverboat workers on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, part of her assignment with the National Maritime Union. She contributed to the Monthly Review edited by Leo Huberman and later (1956-1959) did organizational work for the West Side Schools Community Centers in New York City. She taught history and labor studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (1966-1970) and Western Maryland College (1976-1980). Austin was the author of "The Labor Story (1949) and Matthew Lyon (1980). Aleine Austin resides in California.

From the description of Aleine Austin papers, 1940-1991. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 43824221

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referencedIn Paulson, Patricia. Patricia Paulson papers, 1951-1999. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
creatorOf Austin, Aleine. Aleine Austin papers, 1940-1991. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Austin, Aleine. Oral History of the American Left. Oral histories, 1980-1982. Churchill County Museum
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associatedWith Antioch College corporateBody
associatedWith Bridges, Harry, 1901-1990. person
associatedWith Columbia University corporateBody
associatedWith Harburg, E. Y. (Edgar Yipsel), 1898-1981 person
associatedWith Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Horton, Myles, 1905-1990 person
associatedWith Horton, Zilphia. person
associatedWith Huberman, Leo, 1903-1968. person
associatedWith Magdoff, Harry person
associatedWith Paulson, Patricia. person
associatedWith Progressive Party (U.S. : 1948) corporateBody
associatedWith Sweezy, Paul M. (Paul Marlor), 1910-2004 person
associatedWith Western Maryland College corporateBody
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United States
United States
African Americans
Women authors, American
Marxian economics
Right and left (Political science)
Segregation in transportation
Women in the labor movement
Women labor union members
Women authors, American
College teachers


Active 1980

Active 1982



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