Black Workers Remember

Black Workers Remember

An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle

eBook - 1999
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This text provides firsthand accounts of the experiences of black southerners living under segregation in Memphis. It demonstrates how black workers resisted racial apartheid and underscores the active role of black working people in history.
"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."--Jacket.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©1999
ISBN: 9780520928060
0520928067
9780585276342
058527634X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxi, 402 pages) : illustrations

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