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Black Workers RememberAn Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle$
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Michael Keith Honey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520217744

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520217744.001.0001

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Freedom Struggles at the Point of Production

Freedom Struggles at the Point of Production

(p.132) 4 Freedom Struggles at the Point of Production
Black Workers Remember


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This chapter looks at civil rights activists who pursued the freedom struggle through practical standards on specific aspects of segregation. Black union activists tried to break the Jim Crow system down step by step at the point of production. They first sought the right to unionize, sometimes risking their lives merely to achieve that right. Secondly, black union activists sought to use unions to end workplace discrimination, including separate and color-coded hiring lists, rates of pay, and seniority lines for white and black that, among other practices, kept blacks in the worst paid, dirtiest, and most dangerous jobs.

Keywords:   civil rights activists, black union activists, Jim Crow system, workplace discrimination, hiring lists

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