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The Black Worker: Race, Labor, and Civil Rights Since Emancipation


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Long before the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s made a frontal assault on the reigning segregationist order, African American workers had to struggle against both their employers and fellow white workers. Because their efforts to secure their workplace rights pitted them against the broader structures of racial oppression, their activism constituted nothing less than a form of civil rights struggle. Uniting the latest scholarship on race, labor, and civil rights, The Black Worker aims to establish the richness of the African American working-class experience, and the indisputable role of black workers in shaping the politics and history of labor and race in the United States. To capture the complexity of African Americans' experiences in the workplace, this reader examines workers engaged in a wide array of jobs, including sharecropping, coal mining, domestic service, longshoring, automobile manufacturing, tobacco processing, railroading, prostitution, lumbering, and municipal employment. The essays' subjects include black migration, strikebreaking, black conservatism, gender, and the multiple forms of employment discrimination in the South and North. Other contributions deal explicitly with state policy and black workers during the transition from slavery to freedom, World Wars I and II, and the 1960s. The variety of challenges made by these workers, both quiet and overt, served as clear reminders to the supporters of white supremacy that, despite their best efforts through violence, fraud, and the law, as long as they insisted on racial inequality, the "race question" would never be fully resolved.

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Arnesen (history and African American studies, U. of Illinois at Chicago) has constructed a diverse reader showcasing recent scholarship in African American labor studies. The 11 essays include discussions of freedwomen's reconstruction of life and labor in South Carolina; African Americans, strikebreaking, and labor activism in the Industrial era; gender, work, and leisure in Atlanta; relationships between black elites and black workers in the Jim Crow South; African American women and sex work in Chicago in the late 19th century; black workers and the rise and fall of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during World War I; organizing among African American plantation workers in the Arkansas delta; the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and community organizing from 1925 to 1935; labor, radicals, and the early Civil Rights Movement; African Americans and organized labor in the post- World War II South; and the life and career of Black Public Employee Union activist Leamon Hood. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Arnesen, Eric
University of Illinois Press
African American Studies
Race relations
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Discrimination & Racism
United States Race relations.
Labor -- United States -- History.
African American Studies-Black Heritage
African American Studies-General
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