Friday, October 19, 2018

Business Historians in the News: Sears Bankruptcy Edition

In the wake of the Sears bankruptcy announcement, Louis Hyman took to Twitter to write about the importance of the Sears catalog in the days of Jim Crow. The thread generated a lot of response, and it was picked up by numerous major news outlets, including, for example, the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post. Hyman was then interviewed on the subject by NPR's "All Things Considered," and by the on-line site Jezebel.
    On WBUR's "On Point," Vicki Howard (author of From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store) joined Hyman to discuss the fate of Sears. Howard also appeared in an "All Things Considered" broadcast about the bankruptcy news. And in an Associated Press story, both Howard and Marc Levinson (author of author of The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America) are quoted about the former retailing giant.