Description - Race against Liberalism by David M. Lewis-Colman
Race against Liberalism examines how black workers' activism in Detroit shaped the racial politics of the labor movement and the white working class. Tracing substantive, long-standing disagreements between liberals and black workers who embraced autonomous race-based action, David M. Lewis-Colman shows how black autoworkers placed themselves at the center of Detroit's working-class politics and sought to forge a kind of working-class unity that accommodated their interests as African Americans. The book covers the independent caucuses in the 1940s and the Trade Union Leadership Council in the 1950s, the black power movement and Revolutionary Union Movements of the mid- 1960s, and the independent race-based activism of the 1970s that resulted in Coleman Young becoming the city's first black mayor in 1973.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of Illinois Press
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Author Biography - David M. Lewis-Colman
David M. Lewis-Colman is an assistant professor of African American history at Ramapo College of New Jersey.