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Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: ORGANIZING MEMPHIS WORKERS (Working Class in American History) Second Printing Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0252063053
ISBN-10: 0252063058
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This book chronicles the rarely studied southern industrial union movement from the Great Depression to the cold war, using the strategically located river city of Memphis as a case study. Honey analyzes the economic basis of segregation and the denial of fundamental human rights and civil liberties it entailed.

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Product Details

  • Series: Working Class in American History
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Second Printing edition (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252063058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252063053
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,535 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
Can't understand how this country works if you don't see how racism has been used, especially to divide workers. Honey writes about a pivotal time in American history when the working class was organizing and had the potential to transform the South for workers and African-Americans. The lessons are no less true today. A must read for organizers of any persuasion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Bass on September 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Michael Honey does a fantastic job in explaining the CIO's contribution to the Struggle for Civil Rights. The Left-Led CIO Unions, most of all FTA Local 19, prepared a cadre of African-American working class leaders in Memphis, who were, in fact, the precursors to those of the 1960s. A must for anyone interested in the study of the Labor role in Civil Rights History in Memphis and the South in the 1930s-1950s.
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