Department of History

Carl Weinberg

  • Senior Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History


  • Ph.D. at Yale University, 1995
  • M.A. at American University, 1988
  • B.A. at Brown University, 1983

Contact Information

Ballantine Hall, Rm. 306


Carl Weinberg

My first published article in history appeared in Clio, an undergraduate history journal at Brown University.  It looked at the economic roots of the controversy over Anne Hutchinson and the Antinomians in colonial Massachusetts.  I began my graduate studies with the intention of studying diplomatic history, but under the impact of two major labor battles—at Eastern Airlines and Pittston Coal—I developed a stronger interest in labor history. My dissertation, published as Labor, Loyalty, and Rebellion in 2005, melds together both interests.  Centered on the lynching of a German-American coal miner in Collinsville, Illinois in 1918, it explores the home front of World War I in the southwestern Illinois coalfields. My current book project, provisionally entitled Red Dynamite!: Creationism and Anti-communism in Modern America, was sparked by both my labor history research and by my long-time interest in the politics of the controversy over evolutionary science. It traces the connections between the campaign against evolutionary science and the campaigns against socialism and communism from the early twentieth century to the present. Among other things, it aims to provide a materialist perspective on the roots of modern creationism, thus bringing me back, full circle, to my original interest in the economic origins of a religious sect.

Research Interests

  • Modern social and political history
  • Antievolutionism
  • Labor history
  • Social movements
  • History and philosophy of science
  • The meat industry

Courses Recently Taught

  • The Meat We Eat
  • Labor in Modern America
  • History of Evolutionary Science
  • The American Experience: Massacres
  • America and World War I
  • Make A Scene: Create Your Own Historical Video

Publication Highlights

Labor, Loyalty, and Rebellion: Southwestern Illinois Coal Miners and World War I (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005)

“The Strange Career of Confederate History Month,” OAH Magazine of History 25
(April 2011): 63–64.

“`Salt of the Earth: Labor, Film, and the Cold War,” OAH Magazine of History 24
(October 2010): 41–45.

“The Discomfort Zone: Reenacting Slavery at Conner Prairie,” OAH Magazine of History 23 (April 2009): 62–64.

 “Massacre at No Gun Ri? American Military Policy Toward Civilian Refugees during the Korean War,” OAH Magazine of History 22 (October 2008): 58–62.

“Big Dixie Chicken goes Global: Exports and the Rise of the North Georgia Poultry Industry,”  Business and Economic History On-Line  (2003):

“`Hotter than San Juan Hill’: The Battle of Virden, the UMWA and the Challenge of Solidarity,” in Rosemary Feurer, ed., Remember Virden, 1898, (St. Louis, MO: Illinois Labor History Society and St. Louis Bread and Roses, 1998) 5–9.