The 20th anniversary paperback edition of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives—A Pictorial History of Working People in New York City reveals a highly personal view of the economic and cultural context of work in twentieth century New York City. Authors Rachel Bernstein and the late Debra Bernhardt tell the critical stories of organized labor’s contributions to NYC over the course of the 20th century (warts and all) as part of the larger history. The beautiful, accessible format uses resonant images (and careful captions) to tell a good bit of the story. You will want to meet the characters who emerge in the photos, most by labor photographers, and the substantial excerpts from oral history interviews.
All events are virtual.
Bernhardt Labor Journalism Forum - Tuesday October 12, 2021
Discussion with young workers at Tamiment, Rachel Bernstein joined by Alexander Bernhardt Bloom, NYC Commissioner Pauline Toole, Manhattan Borough Historian Rob Snyder, former head of the New York City Central Labor Council Ed Ott, organizer Myriam Hernandez, construction worker Shi Greene, electrician Shauna Irving, teacher Donna Chin, and multidisciplinary artist Rachel Kara Perez.
Exhibit at NYC Municipal Archives featuring historical photos and photos from the young workers.
Explore powerful photographs from
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives
More photos can be found in the Labor Arts exhibit online.