Worcester State University
History & Political Science Department


Bruce Cohen

Contact Information
Office: Sullivan 327 C
Phone: (508) 929-8602
Email: bcohen@worcester.edu

MA History, Rutgers University
AB History, Rutgers University

Areas of Specialization

My field of study is the Gilded Age (1865-1900) and the Age of Reform (1877-1920). I teach United States labor and economic history as well. I have previously taught at Rutgers University, St. Peter’s College, and Michigan Technological University.

Recent Scholarship
“The Chinese of the East: The French-Canadians in Massachusetts, 1870-1920,” The New England Journal of History, Summer 2008.

“From Norton to Saint-Gobin, 1885-2006: Grinding Labor Down,” Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Summer 2006, 34(2): 90-103.

“Ethnic Catholicism and Craft Unionism in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1887-1920: A Mixed Story,” Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Summer 2004, 32(2): 138-152.

”Lords of Capital and Knights of Labor: Worcester’s Labor History During the Gilded Age,” Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Winter 2001, 28(1): 77-100; with addendum in Summer 2001, 28(2): 220-222.

“Worcester, Open Shop City: The National Metal Trades Association and the Molder’s Strike of 1918-1920,” Labor in Massachusetts: Selected Essays, edited by Kenneth Fones-Wolf and Martin Kaufman (Westfield, MA: Institute for Massachusetts Studies, Westfield State College) 168-198.


Undergraduate Courses
HI 112 US History II, 1877-1945
HI 193 History of Child Labor
HI 216 US Economic History
HI 249 US Labor History
HI 353 The Age of Reform, 1877-1920

Graduate Courses
HI 912 Industrial Revolution: Past, Present, Future
HI 914 The Gilded Age, 1865-1900
HI 915 Populism, Progressivism and Socialism in the US, 1877-1920

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