Dr Paul Michel Taillon
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I am a historian of working people and the labor movement in the United States. I have written on gender, race, and unionism in the United States railroad industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Good, Reliable, White Men, Railroad Brotherhoods, 1877-1917 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009).
Research | Current
- World War I mobilization and the labor history of the 1920s
- The labor movement, the living wage, and employee representation
- African American workers, trade unions, and the state
- Insurgent unionism and syndicalism
- Working-class travel writing
Teaching | Current
I teach the survey of United States history at Stage I, a course in the making of modern America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries at stages II and III, and "Uncovering United States History" at postgraduate level. In 2020, I offer History 257/357, "The Making of Modern American: The USA, 1877-1924."
HISTORY 108 Rise and Fall of the USA
HISTORY 241 Making Sense of the Sixties: USA 1954-73
HISTORY 257 Making Modern America 1877-1924
HISTORY 341 Making Sense of the Sixties: USA 1954-73
HISTORY 357 Making Modern America 1877-1924
HISTORY 734AB United States History
HISTORY 737AB Rethinking History
HISTORY 780 Dissertation
Murray Boucher, "The Veteran, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and Veterans' Advocacy, 1971-1980," BA(Hons).
Tom Stephenson, "Age of Anxiety: Advertising and Consumer Culture in the postwar United States, 1945-51," BA(Hons).
Howard Sze, "The Masses and Modernism: Breaking Away and Conforming to Tradition from 1911 to 1917," BA(Hons).
Meghan Williams, "Sticks and Carrots: The Personal and Political Friendship of Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin, 1993-1999," BA(Hons).
Discipline Convenor for History
Areas of expertise
- Late nineteenth and early twentieth century United States social, cultural, and political history
- Labor history
- Railroad history
- Gender and masculinity
- Editorial Board, Australasian Journal of American Studies.
- Management Board, New Zealand Journal of History
I am co-hosting the 2019 Conference of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association in 14-16 July 2019. The theme of the Conference is "Community, Conflict, and the 'Meaning of America.'" https://anzasa.org/2019-conference/
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Taillon, P. M. (2017). Labour Movements, Trade Unions and Strikes (USA). 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War (pp. 1-10). Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin / Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Related URL.
- Taillon, P. M. (2016). Review of the book: Free Labor. The Civil War and the Making of an American Working Class, by Mark A. Lause. H-Net Reviews Related URL.
- Taillon, P. M. (2016). Review of the book: Death and Dying in the Working Class, 1865–1920, by Michael K. Rosenow. Journal of American History, 103 (1), 206-207. 10.1093/jahist/jaw076
- Taillon, P. M. (2016). A syndicalist moment? Democracy, insurgent unionism, and the ‘Outlaw Strike’ of 1920. Labor History, 57 (3), 390-414. 10.1080/0023656X.2016.1161269
- Taillon, P. M. (2015). The spirit of 1919: Labour, race and revolution. Auckland, New Zealand. 11 August - 22 September 2015.
- Taillon, P. M. (2015). Review of the book: Progressives at War: William G. McAdoo and Newton D. Baker, 1863-1941, by Douglas B. Craig. Australasian Journal of American Studies, 34 (1), 100-102.
- Taillon, P. M. (2014). "All Men Are Entitled to Justice By the Government": Black Workers, Citizenship, Letter Writing, and the World War I State. Journal of Social History, 48 (1), 88-111. 10.1093/jsh/shu081
- Taillon, P. (2014). Review of the book: Weavers of Dreams, Unite! Actors' Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America, by Sean P. Holmes. Journal of American History, 101 (1), 296-297. 10.1093/jahist/jau324
Semester 2, 2019: Tuesday and Friday, 1-2pm.
Primary office location
ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 7, Room 723
14A SYMONDS ST