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Blue Jenkins: Working for Workers (Badger Biographies)

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Growing up during the Depression in Racine, Wisconsin, Blue Jenkins was an eye-witness to the migration of former farm laborers from the South seeking jobs in northern manufacturing. As an African-America in the pre-civil rights era, Jenkins also came face to face with racism, as when the Ku Klux Klan hung a black figure in effigy from a tree in the Jenkins family’s yard. The injustices that confronted Blue in his young life would drive his need to make positive changes to his community and workplace in adulthood.

Following a stint as a player in the semi-pro “Negro League” baseball, Blue became involved in unions through his work at Belle City Foundry. As WWII raged on, he participated in the home-front battle against discrimination in work, housing, and economic opportunity. When Blue became president of the union at Belle City Foundry, he organized blood drives and fought for safety regulations. He also helped to integrate labor union offices. Outside of work, he organized a boycott of Woolworths and Kresge stores to protest “anti-Negro” hiring policies. In 1962, he became president of the central labor branch of the Racine AFL-CIO, and remained an active part of the union until his retirement. An addition to the Badger Biographies series, Blue Jenkins: Working for Workers shares Blue’s story as it acquaints young readers with labor and African American history.

Synopsis:

This addition to the Badger Biographies series shares Blue Jenkins’s story as it acquaints young readers with African-American and labor history. Following an all-star career as a high school football player, Blue became involved in unions through his work at Belle City Malleable. As World War II raged on, he participated in the home-front battle against discrimination in work, housing, and economic opportunity. When Blue became president of the union at Belle City, he organized blood drives and fought for safety regulations. He also helped to integrate labor union offices. In 1962, he became president of the U.A.W. National Foundry in the Midwest, and found himself in charge of 50,000 foundry union members.

Synopsis:

When William "Blue" Jenkins was only six months old, he moved with his parents from a Mississippi sharecropper’s farm to the industrial city of Racine, Wisconsin with dreams of a new life. As an African-American in the pre–civil rights era, Blue came face to face with racism: the Ku Klux Klan hung a black figure in effigy from a tree in the Jenkins family’s yard. Growing up, Blue knew where blacks could shop, eat, and get a job in Racine—and where they couldn’t. The injustices that confronted Blue in his young life would drive his desire to make positive changes to his community and workplace in adulthood.

 

This addition to the Badger Biographies series shares Blue Jenkins’s story as it acquaints young readers with African-American and labor history. Following an all-star career as a high school football player, Blue became involved in unions through his work at Belle City Malleable. As World War II raged on, he participated in the home-front battle against discrimination in work, housing, and economic opportunity. When Blue became president of the union at Belle City, he organized blood drives and fought for safety regulations. He also helped to integrate labor union offices. In 1962, he became president of the U.A.W. National Foundry in the Midwest, and found himself in charge of 50,000 foundry union members.

About the Author

Julia Pferdehirt is an author, educator, and professional storyteller. A resident of Middleton, Wisconsin, Pferdehirt is also the author of They Came to Wisconsin, Caroline Quarlls and the Underground Railroad, and Freedom Train North, all published for young audiences by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870204272
Author:
Pferdehirt, Julia
Publisher:
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Badger Biographies Series
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in
Age Level:
from 7 up to 12

Related Subjects

Children's » Biographies » Social Activists
Children's » History » United States » General
Children's » Nonfiction » Biographies
Children's » Nonfiction » US History
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Biographies

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"Synopsis" by ,
This addition to the Badger Biographies series shares Blue Jenkins’s story as it acquaints young readers with African-American and labor history. Following an all-star career as a high school football player, Blue became involved in unions through his work at Belle City Malleable. As World War II raged on, he participated in the home-front battle against discrimination in work, housing, and economic opportunity. When Blue became president of the union at Belle City, he organized blood drives and fought for safety regulations. He also helped to integrate labor union offices. In 1962, he became president of the U.A.W. National Foundry in the Midwest, and found himself in charge of 50,000 foundry union members.
"Synopsis" by ,
When William "Blue" Jenkins was only six months old, he moved with his parents from a Mississippi sharecropper’s farm to the industrial city of Racine, Wisconsin with dreams of a new life. As an African-American in the pre–civil rights era, Blue came face to face with racism: the Ku Klux Klan hung a black figure in effigy from a tree in the Jenkins family’s yard. Growing up, Blue knew where blacks could shop, eat, and get a job in Racine—and where they couldn’t. The injustices that confronted Blue in his young life would drive his desire to make positive changes to his community and workplace in adulthood.

 

This addition to the Badger Biographies series shares Blue Jenkins’s story as it acquaints young readers with African-American and labor history. Following an all-star career as a high school football player, Blue became involved in unions through his work at Belle City Malleable. As World War II raged on, he participated in the home-front battle against discrimination in work, housing, and economic opportunity. When Blue became president of the union at Belle City, he organized blood drives and fought for safety regulations. He also helped to integrate labor union offices. In 1962, he became president of the U.A.W. National Foundry in the Midwest, and found himself in charge of 50,000 foundry union members.

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