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About Peter Rachleff, Retired

Peter Rachleff conducts research in U.S. labor, immigration and African American history. He teaches courses in these areas, as well as theme-focused courses between the Civil War and World War II. Rachleff has tied much of his teaching and service to interdisciplinary programs, such as Urban Studies, African American Studies, Comparative North American Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. Active in the community around Macalester, from the Minnesota Historical Society to the labor movement, he is a frequent sponsor of internships and student research projects.
Rachleff has been teaching at Macalester since 1982.
EDUCATION: B.A., Amherst College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh


Present Professor, History, Macalester College


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  • Immigration and Ethnicity in U.S. History
  • Comparative Freedom Movements: The U.S. and South Africa
  • Historians and Critical Race Theory
  • American Labor Radicalism

Contact Information

Macalester College
Old Main 306
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

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