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Roberts explains labor history at Community Lecture Series

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From the Civil War through the 1920’s, America has had a rich labor history, said Allison Roberts, associate professor of economics at Flagler College, who spoke on Nov. 13 as part of the Community Lecture Series.

“The United States saw vast changes in who worked in the labor force and how the economy functioned in both the North and South,” said Roberts. “These are permanent, long-lasting changes, still in existence today.”

Robert’s lecture, entitled “Structural Changes in the Market for Labor During Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era,” focused on the relationship between supply and demand, which was reversed after the Civil War—as supply increased, demand decreased.

Roberts said these changes have impacted our labor market to this day.

“The effects this economic history created a larger change in demand than in supply,” Roberts said. “And because of this, we grew our economy through many facets.”

The Community Lecture Series will continue on Dec. 11 when Flagler College English professor Wesley King speaks on “Mark Twain's Gilded Age and the Lure of the West.”

Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are required, but space is limited. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.

For reservations or more information, call Holly Hill, Assistant Director of College Relations at (904) 819-6282. To watch a live stream of these lectures, visit ustream.tv/channel/community-lecture-series.


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