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A. Philip Randolph, Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement
     

A. Philip Randolph, Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement

by Paula F. Pfeffer
 
Scholars of the civil rights movement and twentieth-century African American history traditionally refer to Asa Philip Randolph (1889-1979) as the organizer of the first all-black labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Paula Pfeffer's aim in this detailed and insightful biography, however, is 'to demonstrate that Randolph's ideologies and strategies

Overview

Scholars of the civil rights movement and twentieth-century African American history traditionally refer to Asa Philip Randolph (1889-1979) as the organizer of the first all-black labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Paula Pfeffer's aim in this detailed and insightful biography, however, is 'to demonstrate that Randolph's ideologies and strategies provided the blueprint for the civil rights movement that emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s.'

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The importance of black socialist civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979), organizer of the Pullman porters--the first all-black labor union, whose nonviolent disobedience strategies anticipated those of Martin Luther King Jr.--has been neglected, rightly argues Pfeffer, associate professor of history at Chicago's Mundelein College. This well-researched study, focusing exclusively on Randolph's career, chronicles his efforts in the 1940s to integrate the armed forces and schools, and his unremitting struggle to achieve economic parity for blacks through fair employment practices, despite dissension among social activists. At the 1963 March on Washington, chaired by Randolph, King proclaimed his ``dream''--which the older man had done much to define. The book resurrects fittingly a major, largely forgotten pivotal leader. (June)
Library Journal
Randolph (1889-1979) was much more than a founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids, Pfeffer argues. In not so much a biography as a study of civil rights leadership, she portrays the socialist Randolph as a prototype who in tactics and tenets was the most creative and pivotal black leader of his time. He plotted effective protest patterns such as sit-ins in the 1930s and 1940s that served as models in the 1950s and 1960s. The 1963 March on Washington--in which he was a moving force--was a renewal of his March on Washington Movement of 1943. His synthesis of economics with civil rights offered substantive solutions to social problems nagging the nation, Pfeffer suggests. A complement and corrective to old and recent work on Randolph and a major contribution to studies on the civil rights movement. Highly recommended.-- Thomas J. Davis, Univ. at Buffalo, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807115541
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1990
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.23(d)

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Paula F. Pfeffer is associate professor of history at Loyola University Chicago.

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