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Black Unionism in the Industrial South presents the struggles of black workers who fought for equality and unionization in the heyday of Gulf Coast industry. Ernest Obadele-Starks examines the unionists' responses to racial and class domination and their creative strategies to reach their goals. Facing public and corporate policy that typically deferred to white workers, blacks banded together to achieve representation in the workplace, form union auxiliaries, charter their own local unions, seal alliances with members of the black middle class, and manipulate the media to benefit their cause. Personal accounts highlight the unionists' passion, even when their requests and demands resulted in little more than "gradual participation, sporadic inclusion, and minimal interracial cooperation".
Obadele-Starks eloquently captures the unionists' fight and discusses the implications of their struggle for the industrial society of the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. Students and scholars of American labor history, race relations, and Texas history will find Black Unionism in the Industrial Southa valuable and compelling scholarly work.
- ISBN-13: 9781585441679
- ISBN-10: 1585441678
- Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
- Publish Date: June 2001
- Page Count: 183
Series: Texas A&m Southwestern Studies #11