Black Americans and Organized Labor: A New History

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LSU Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Social Science - 360 pages
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In Black Americans and Organized Labor, Paul D. Moreno offers a bold reinterpretation of the role of race and racial discrimination in the American labor movement. Moreno applies insights of the law-and-economics movement to formulate a powerfully compelling labor-race theorem of elegant simplicity: White unionists found that race was a convenient basis on which to do what unions do—control the labor supply. Not racism pure and simple but "the economics of discrimination" explains historic black absence and under-representation in unions. Moreno's sweeping reexamination stretches from the antebellum period to the present, integrating principal figures such as Frederick Douglass and Samuel Gompers, Isaac Myers and Booker T. Washington, and W. E. B. Du Bois and A. Philip Randolph. He traces changing attitudes and practices during the simultaneous black migration to the North and consolidation of organized labor's power, through the confusing and conflicted post-World War II period, during the course of the civil rights movement, and into the era of affirmative action. Maneuvering across a wide span of time and a broad array of issues, Moreno brings remarkable clarity to the question of the importance of race in unions. He impressively weaves together labor, policy, and African American history into a cogent, persuasive revisionist study that cannot be ignored.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Free Labor
8
2 From Reconstruction to Jim Crow 18771895
41
3 Blacks and Labor in the Progressive Era 1900 1920
82
4 From Progressivism to the New Deal 1920 1935
137
5 The New Deal and World War
176
6 The Civil Rights Era 1950 1965
220
7 The Affirmative Action Dilemma 1965Present
259
Conclusion
285
The Folklore of Socialism
289
Bibliographical Essay
303
Index
327
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Paul D. Moreno is the author of From Direct Action to Affirmative Action: Fair Employment Law and Policy in America, 1933--1972. He is Grewcock Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Michigan and, in 2005-6, a visiting fellow at Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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