Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1983
The Southern Diaspora: How The Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005) Winner of the 2006 Philip Taft Labor History Book Prize
American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989) Winner of the 1991 Ray Allen Billington Prize from the Organization of American Historians; winner of the 1990 Annual Book Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association
edited: Upton Sinclair. I, Candidate for Governor, and How I Got Licked. Introduction by James N. Gregory (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994)
“Upton Sinclair’s 1934 EPIC Campaign: Anatomy of a Political Movement,” LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, (forthcoming)
“Seattle’s Left Coast Formula,” Dissent (Winter 2015), 36-42.
“Advancing the Ivory-Collar/Blue-Collar Partnership,” LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 11:3 (Fall 2014), 13-14; reprinted in LAWCHA Newsletter Fall 2014, 5-6.
“Great Migrations, Great Stories, Great History?” Reviews in American History, (March, 2012)
"Internal Migration: Twentieth Century and Beyond," in Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History, ed., Lynn Dumenil (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 540-45.
“Paying Attention to Moving Americans: Migration Knowledge in the Age of Internal Migration, 1930s-1970s,” Migrants and Migration in Modern North America: Cross-Border Lives, Labor Markets, and Politics in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States, eds. Dirk Hoerder and Nora Faires (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011), 277-96.
“The Second Great Migration: An Historical Overview,” African American Urban History: The Dynamics of Race, Class and Gender since World War II, eds. Joe W. Trotter Jr. and Kenneth L. Kusmer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009), 19-38.
“A City Learns its Civil Rights History while a University Learns New Ways to Engage Students,” Diversity & Democracy (Spring 2008), 16-17—with Trevor Griffey
“Teaching a City about its Civil Rights History: A Public History Success Story” American Historical Association Perspectives (April 2007)-with Trevor Griffey
"The Southern Diaspora: 20th Century America’s Great Migration/s, ” in Repositioning North American Migration History: New Directions in Modern Continental Migration and Citizenship , ed. Marc S. Rodriguez (Rochester: University of Rochester, 2004), 57-90
"The Dust Bowl Migration," in Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy, eds. Gwendolyn Mink and Alice O'Connor (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2004)
"Upton Sinclair," California Journal 30:11(November 1999), 45-46
"The Great Depression" in National Geographic Society, National Geographic Eyewitness to the 20th Century (Washington DC: The National Geographic Society, 1998), 122-131.
"Southernizing the American Working Class: Post War Episodes of Regional and Class Transformation," Labor History 39 (May 1998). A Labor History Forum article with comments by Thomas Sugrue, Grace Elizabeth Hale, and Alex Lichtenstein, and response by author
"Slouching Through the Great Depression: Kevin Starr and the California Dream Series." Reviews in American History (June 1997): 306-311.
"The Shaping of California History" in Major Problems in California History, Sucheng Chan and Spencer C. Olin, editors (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997) 15-27
"The Southern Diaspora and the Urban Dispossessed: Demonstrating the Census Public Use Microdata Samples." Journal of American History 82 (June 1995).
"Okies and the Politics of Plain-Folk Americanism" in Working People of California, Daniel Cornford, editor (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995). 116-158
Work in Progress
Book: Left Coast Rising: The Making of a Regional Political Tradition
and related articles on West Coast radicalism
Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects
Directed by James Gregory, these online oral history and research projects explore the labor and civil rights history of the Pacific Northwest region. The eleven projects bring together more than 100 oral history interviews and over 4,000 photographs, documents, and digitized newspaper articles. They also feature more than 150 research reports written by undergraduate and graduate students who have participated in classes linked to the projects. The civil rights and labor history projects have been profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education (5/24/02) and rated among the most important online U.S. history resources by the authors of History Matters: A Student Guide to U.S. History Online. They have been quoted in major newspapers and scholarly studies and are currently used in numerous history and social studies classes at the college and k-12 level. Users have logged more than five million page views since 2008. Here are the combined Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects. Below are some of the individual projects.
Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History
The Great Depression in Washington State Project
Communism in Washington
State - History and Memory Project
Seattle General Strike Project
- History and Memory Project
Waterfront Workers History Project
The Labor Press
HSTAA 105 The Peoples of the United
Television/Radio appearances and interviews
Unemployed Nation Hearings, TVW and UWTV:
KUOW Radio, February 18, 2010.
Real Change News, May 13-19, 2009.
King 5 TV ( Seattle NBC): April 8, 2009.
Seattle Channel: December 2006, rebroadcast multiple times.
ABC News 20/20:
September 23, 2005.
(American Public Radio):
September 12, 2005.
Public Radio) September 29, 2005.
The Infinite Mind
(National Public Radio):
September 14, 2005.
The First Measured Century--James Gregory interview (PBS) December 2000. The interview covers issues of migration during the 20th century, especially the Dust Bowl Migration and World War II internal migrations.