Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for by Robert R. Korstad

By Robert R. Korstad

Drawing on rankings of interviews with black and white tobacco staff in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Robert Korstad brings to lifestyles the forgotten heroes of neighborhood 22 of the meals, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied staff of America-CIO. those employees faced a approach of racial capitalism that consigned African americans to the basest jobs within the undefined, perpetuated low wages for all southerners, and shored up white supremacy.

Galvanized through the emergence of the CIO, African americans took the lead in a crusade that observed a robust exertions move and the reenfranchisement of the southern terrible as keys to reforming the South--and a reformed South as valuable to the survival and growth of the hot Deal. within the window of chance opened by way of international conflict II, they blurred the limits among domestic and paintings as they associated civil rights and exertions rights in a bid for justice at paintings and within the public sphere.

But civil rights unionism foundered within the maelstrom of the chilly warfare. Its defeat undermined later efforts by means of civil rights activists to elevate problems with monetary equality to the ethical excessive floor occupied via the struggle opposed to legalized segregation and, Korstad contends, constrains the customers for justice and democracy today.

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