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A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights : New Black Studies Series - Cornelius L. Bynum

A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights

New Black Studies Series

Paperback Published: 13th December 2010
ISBN: 9780252077647
Number Of Pages: 272

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A. Philip Randolph's career as a trade unionist and civil rights activist fundamentally shaped the course of black protest in the mid-twentieth century. Standing alongside individuals such as W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey at the center of the cultural renaissance and political radicalism that shaped communities such as Harlem in the 1920s and into the 1930s, Randolph fashioned an understanding of social justice that reflected a deep awareness of how race complicated class concerns, especially among black laborers. Examining Randolph's work in lobbying for the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, threatening to lead a march on Washington in 1941, and establishing the Fair Employment Practice Committee, Cornelius L. Bynum shows that Randolph's push for African American equality took place within a broader progressive program of industrial reform. Some of Randolph's pioneering plans for engineering change--which served as foundational strategies in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s--included direct mass action, nonviolent civil disobedience, and purposeful coalitions between black and white workers. Bynum interweaves biographical information on Randolph with details on how he gradually shifted his thinking about race and class, full citizenship rights, industrial organization, trade unionism, and civil rights protest throughout his activist career.

"Relating Randolph's racial, economic, and political thought to his efforts to address injustice, this study is ideal for students and scholars of twentieth-century African American history, labor history, and race relations." Cary D. Wintz, editor of African American Political Thought, 1890-1930: Washington, Du Bois, Garvey, and Randolph "This unique book is divided into four sections and nine chapters and provides a holistic portrait of who Randolph was as a man, an American patriot, and a civil rights leader... Overall, Bynum's book is lucid and an excellent work that can be used for both academic research and casual reading. Bynum's use of a variety of resources, such as government documents, manuscripts, Pullman Company collections and records, newspaper articles, and photographs is extensive." - William Adams, H-1960s, October, 2012

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Building Black Identity at the Turn of the Century
A. Philip Randolph, Racial Identity, and Family Relations: Tracing the Development of a Racial Self-Conceptp. 3
Religious Faith and Black Empowerment: The AME Church and Randolph's Racial Identity and View of Social Justicep. 24
Constructing Class Consciousness in the Jazz Age
Black Radicalism in Harlem: Randolph's Racial and Political Consciousnessp. 47
Crossing the Color Line: Randolph's Transition from Race to Class Consciousnessp. 63
The Rise of the New Crowd Negroes
A New Crowd, A New Negro: The Messenger and New Negro Ideology in the 1920sp. 85
Black and White Unite: Randolph and the Divide between Class Theory and the Race Problemp. 101
Blending Race and Class
Ridin' the Rails: Randolph and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters' Struggle for Union Recognitionp. 119
Where Class Consciousness Falls Short: Randolph and the Brotherhood's Standing in the House of Laborp. 136
Marching Toward Fair Employment: Randolph, the Race/Class Connection, and the March on Washington Movementp. 157
Epilogue: A. Philip Randolph's Reconciliation of Race and Class in African American Protest Politicsp. 185
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780252077647
ISBN-10: 0252077644
Series: New Black Studies Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th December 2010
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.44