Brotherhoods of Color by Eric Arnesen
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Brotherhoods of Color
By Eric Arnesen

Brotherhoods of Color

Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality

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Brotherhoods of Color by Eric Arnesen

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From the time the first tracks were laid in the early 19th century, the railroad has occupied a crucial place in America's historical imagination. Now, for the first time, Eric Arnesen gives us an untold piece of that vital American institution - the story of African Americans on the railroad. African Americans have been a part of the railroad from its inception, but today, they are largely remembered as Pullman porters and track layers. The real history is far richer, a tale of endless struggle, perseverance and partial victory. In a sweeping narrative, Arnesen recreates the heroic efforts by black locomotive firemen, brakemen, porters, dining car waiters and redcaps to fight a pervasive system of racism and job discrimination fostered by their employers, white co-workers and the unions that legally represented them even while barring them from membership. Decades before the rise of the modern civil rights movement in the mid-1950s, black railroaders forged their own brand of civil rights activism, organizing their own associations, challenging white trade unions and pursuing legal redress through state and federal courts. In recapturing black railroaders' voices, aspirations and challenges, Arnesen helps to recast the history of black protest and American labour in the 20th century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674008175
ISBN-10: 0674008170
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Eric Arnesen

Eric Arnesen is Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Chicago at Illinois.

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