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Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle

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"Black workers fighting for unions and for equal rights have not usually been identified as part of the Civil Rights movement; but anyone who reads [this] book will appreciate that they are. Poignant reading, Honey's interviews reflect his clear sympathy and admiration for his subjects and their achievements. No one can read these stories without sharing Honey's feelings." - Gerald Friedman, Journal of Economic History "[An] eloquent history.... Honey serves as a symphony conductor, skillfully blending the voices of black rubber workers, garbage men, domestics and other laborers into a powerful choir singing a song of freedom." - John Posey, Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Michael Keith Honey is Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies and Professor of African-American, Ethnic and Labor Studies, and American History at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He is the author of the prize-winning Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers (1993).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 423 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520232054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520232051
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael K. Honey, a former Southern civil rights and civil liberties organizer, is professor of labor ethnic and gender studies and American history, and the Haley Professor of Humanities, at the University of Washington-Tacoma. The author of three books on labor and civil rights history, including Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign, he lives in Tacoma.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Domkoski on January 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Murray Morgan Prize is awarded annually by the Tacoma Public Library to an outstanding Washington author in recognition of a work published during the previous year that is of high literary quality and wide interest. The work must exemplify the principles of narrative excellence and high standards of research as demonstrated in the distinguished career of author, historian, journalist and educator Murray Morgan.
"Black Workers Remember expands what we know of the Civil Rights Movement," explained Jack Bregger, a member of the Murray Morgan Prize Selection Committee. "Through the voices and stories of the African American men and women who worked in Memphis, Tennessee's factories, Honey tells of a struggle for freedom that spans the 20th century -- a story which until now was all but invisible. Michael Honey effectively places these moving personal accounts in the more powerful context of social upheaval and, in a sense, cultural revolution. It insists, as Honey writes in the book's Preface, that we think 'about what it means to be poor, black, and working class, and to recognize the unfinished character of the struggle for racial and economic justice in our own time'. The ultimate success of this extraordinary book can be found in its intimacy and immediacy. The book shook me right down to my very core, and I know it did the same to other committee members."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Michael Keith Honey's Black Workers Remember expands what we know of as the Civil Rights Movement. Through the voices and stories of the black men and women who worked in Memphis, Tennessee's factories, Honey reveals a struggle for freedom that spans the 20th century. It shows the conditions that blacks faced in the 30's as they moved from farm work to factory work and their struggles to challenge Jim Crow in the factories, in unions, and in the community. This book is being honored by the Lillian Smith Book Award, the oldest literary award in the American South, and it offers a great deal to the current scholarship on Southern struggles for civil and human rights.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "schiefeliz" on March 14, 2002
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As a black female, I was excited to finally read Michael Honey's book. However, it turned out to be a major disappointment. Honey's extremely slanted view skews history to the extent that most readers will be turned off by this work. Honey totally discounts the importance unions had in achieving equality for blacks, a major blunder according to any historian. While Honey has a great grasp of the English language, his book should not be counted on for accuracy. Readers will find, after researching other literature, Honey's arguments should not be repeated. Save yourself some time and pass on this book.
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