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Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights : ORGANIZING MEMPHIS WORKERS - Michael K. Honey

Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights


Paperback Published: 1st March 1993
ISBN: 9780252063053
Number Of Pages: 400

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Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights chronicles the rarely studied southern industrial union movement from the Great Depression to the cold war, using the strategically located river city of Memphis as a case study. Michael Honey analyzes the economic basis of segregation and the denial of fundamental human rights and civil liberties it entailed.
Frequently telling his story through personal portraits of those directly involved, Honey documents the dramatic labor battles and sometimes heroic activities of organizers and ordinary workers that helped to set the stage for segregation's demise. His study of interracial industrial union organizing locates some of the roots of the 1960s civil rights struggles in this earlier era. Honey provides a new context for understanding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1968 campaign in support of poor people and black labor organizing in Memphis.
This detailed account provides a fresh perspective on African-American, labor, civil rights, and southern history. It clarifies the relationship between labor and civil rights struggles, deepens our understanding of the role of racism in blocking working-class advancement, and emphasizes the importance of southern interracial organizing to the history of social movements in the United States.

Introduction: Labor and Civil Rightsp. 1
Southern Apartheid and the Labor Movement
Segregation and Southern Laborp. 13
No Bill of Rights in Memphisp. 44
Labor's Struggle for the Right to Organize
The Rise and Repression of Industrial Unionismp. 67
Black and White Unitep. 93
Race, Radicalism, and the CIOp. 117
Black Scares and Red Scaresp. 145
Industrial Unionism and the Black Freedom Movement
War in the Factoriesp. 177
The CIO at the Crossroadsp. 214
The Cold War against Labor and Civil Rightsp. 245
Conclusion: Legaciesp. 279
Abbreviationsp. 293
Notesp. 295
Primary Sources Consultedp. 349
Indexp. 353
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780252063053
ISBN-10: 0252063058
Series: Working Class in American History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st March 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.19  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.53

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