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Black workers remember : an oral history of segregation, unionism, and the freedom struggle / Michael Keith Honey.

By: Honey, Michael K.
Material type: TextTextSeries: George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies: Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c1999Description: xxi, 402 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0520217748 (alk. paper); 9780520217744 (alk. paper).Subject(s): African Americans -- Employment -- History -- Sources | Labor movement -- United States -- History -- Sources | African American labor union members -- History -- Sources | Race discrimination -- United States -- History -- Sources | African Americans -- Interviews | African Americans -- Social conditions | African Americans -- Employment -- History | Labor movement -- United States -- History | Race discrimination -- United States -- History | United States -- Race relationsDDC classification: 331.6/396073 Other classification: 15.85 | QV 020
Contents:
Preface: Black History as Labor History -- Introduction: The Power of Remembering -- 1. Segregation, Racial Violence, and Black Workers. Fannie Henderson Witnesses Southern Lynch Law. William Glover Recounts His Frame-up by the Memphis Police. Longshore Leader Thomas Watkins Escapes Assassination -- 2. From Country to City: Jim Crow at Work. Hillie and Laura Pride Move to Memphis. Matthew Davis Describes Heavy Industrial Work. George Holloway Remembers the Crump Era. Clarence Coe Recalls the Pressures of White Supremacy -- 3. Making a Way Out of No Way: Black Women Factory Workers. Irene Branch Does Double Duty as a Domestic and Factory Worker. Evelyn Bates Reflects on Her Lifetime of Factory Work. Susie Wade Tells How She Built a Life around Work. Rebecca McKinley Remembers the Strike at Memphis Furniture Company -- Interlude: Not What We Seem -- 4. Freedom Struggles at the Point of Production. Clarence Coe Fights for Equality. Lonnie Roland and other Black Workers Implement the Brown Decision on the Factory Floor. George Holloway's Struggle against White Worker Racism -- 5. Organizing and Surviving in the Cold War. Leroy Clark Follows the Pragmatic Road to Survival in the Jim Crow South. Leroy Boyd Battles White Supremacy in the Era of the Red Scare -- Interlude: Arts of Resistance -- 6. Civil Rights Unionism. Leroy Boyd Tells How Black Workers Used the Movement for Civil Rights to Revive Local 19. Factory Worker Matthew Davis Becomes a Community Leader. Edward Lindsey Recalls Black Union Politics. Alzada and Leroy Clark Fight for Unionism and Civil Rights. Alzada Clark Organizes Black Women Workers in Mississippi -- 7. "I Am a Man": Unionism and the Black Working Poor. Taylor Rogers Relives the Memphis Sanitation Strike. James Robinson Describes the Worst Job He Ever Had. Leroy Boyd and Clarence Coe Recall a Strike and the Death of Martin Luther King. William Lucy Reflects on the Strike's Meaning and Outcome -- 8. The Fate of the Black Working Class: The Global Economy, Racism, and Union Organizing. Confronting Deindustrialization. Ida Leachman Tells How Her Union Continues to Organize Low-Wage Workers. George Holloway and Clarence Coe Reflect on the Importance of Unions and the Struggle against Racism -- Epilogue: Scars of Memory.
Review: "The labor of black workers has been crucial to economic development in the United States. Yet because of racism and segregation, their contribution remains largely unknown. This work tells the hidden history of African American workers in their own words from the 1930s to the present. It provides first-hand accounts of the experiences of black southerners living under segregation in Memphis, Tennessee, the place where Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated during a strike by black sanitation workers. Eloquent and personal, these oral histories comprise a unique primary source and provide a new way of understanding the black labor experience during the industrial era.Summary: Together, the stories demonstrate how black workers resisted apartheid in American industry and underscore the active role of black working people in history."--BOOK JACKET.
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"George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies."

Includes bibliographical references (p. 375-390) and index.

Preface: Black History as Labor History -- Introduction: The Power of Remembering -- 1. Segregation, Racial Violence, and Black Workers. Fannie Henderson Witnesses Southern Lynch Law. William Glover Recounts His Frame-up by the Memphis Police. Longshore Leader Thomas Watkins Escapes Assassination -- 2. From Country to City: Jim Crow at Work. Hillie and Laura Pride Move to Memphis. Matthew Davis Describes Heavy Industrial Work. George Holloway Remembers the Crump Era. Clarence Coe Recalls the Pressures of White Supremacy -- 3. Making a Way Out of No Way: Black Women Factory Workers. Irene Branch Does Double Duty as a Domestic and Factory Worker. Evelyn Bates Reflects on Her Lifetime of Factory Work. Susie Wade Tells How She Built a Life around Work. Rebecca McKinley Remembers the Strike at Memphis Furniture Company -- Interlude: Not What We Seem -- 4. Freedom Struggles at the Point of Production. Clarence Coe Fights for Equality. Lonnie Roland and other Black Workers Implement the Brown Decision on the Factory Floor. George Holloway's Struggle against White Worker Racism -- 5. Organizing and Surviving in the Cold War. Leroy Clark Follows the Pragmatic Road to Survival in the Jim Crow South. Leroy Boyd Battles White Supremacy in the Era of the Red Scare -- Interlude: Arts of Resistance -- 6. Civil Rights Unionism. Leroy Boyd Tells How Black Workers Used the Movement for Civil Rights to Revive Local 19. Factory Worker Matthew Davis Becomes a Community Leader. Edward Lindsey Recalls Black Union Politics. Alzada and Leroy Clark Fight for Unionism and Civil Rights. Alzada Clark Organizes Black Women Workers in Mississippi -- 7. "I Am a Man": Unionism and the Black Working Poor. Taylor Rogers Relives the Memphis Sanitation Strike. James Robinson Describes the Worst Job He Ever Had. Leroy Boyd and Clarence Coe Recall a Strike and the Death of Martin Luther King. William Lucy Reflects on the Strike's Meaning and Outcome -- 8. The Fate of the Black Working Class: The Global Economy, Racism, and Union Organizing. Confronting Deindustrialization. Ida Leachman Tells How Her Union Continues to Organize Low-Wage Workers. George Holloway and Clarence Coe Reflect on the Importance of Unions and the Struggle against Racism -- Epilogue: Scars of Memory.

"The labor of black workers has been crucial to economic development in the United States. Yet because of racism and segregation, their contribution remains largely unknown. This work tells the hidden history of African American workers in their own words from the 1930s to the present. It provides first-hand accounts of the experiences of black southerners living under segregation in Memphis, Tennessee, the place where Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated during a strike by black sanitation workers. Eloquent and personal, these oral histories comprise a unique primary source and provide a new way of understanding the black labor experience during the industrial era.

Together, the stories demonstrate how black workers resisted apartheid in American industry and underscore the active role of black working people in history."--BOOK JACKET.

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CHOICE Review

Practitioners of the various "new histories" intend to give voice to those who heretofore have been silent. This excellent study of African American workers in Memphis, Tennessee, is one such effort. Honey uses numerous interviews, some affidavits, and a Congressional hearing transcript to let ordinary people describe their related struggles for racial and economic justice. Covering the period from the Great Depression to the present, theirs is truly a history "from the bottom up." Diverse speakers describe police brutality, Cold War "red-baiting," and the 1968 sanitation workers strike that brought Martin Luther King, Jr., to the site of his tragic assassination. The workers' words provoke both outrage at the inequities of Jim Crow and admiration for the speakers' dignity and bravery as they recount their fights for something better. Through superb editing and his own insightful prose, Honey, author of Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers (CH, Nov'93), stresses the connection between unionization efforts and the Civil Rights Movement, but it is the black voices simply telling their own stories that make this an excellent book. It is highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries. All levels. R. F. Zeidel; University of Wisconsin--Stout

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Michael Keith Honey teaches African American studies, ethnic and labor studies, and American history in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

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