“ The book is fascinating reading. The detailed accounts of Springer’s interactions with U.S. and African leaders provide essential information for understanding U.S.-African international relations. Every scholar of U.S.-African relations, labor’s Cold War, African American labor, and women’s history will appreciate Richards’s research.”
Journal of American History
“ . . . a sensitive and compassionate portrayal of the life of Maida Springer . . . Richards has done a great service to historians . . . a fascinating treatment of an important champion of African freedom and justice that will help to change scholars’ understanding of the intersections of African-American, labor, international, and gender histories.”
American Historical Review
"Richard’s fascinating book chronicles Maida Springer’s contributions to African workers’ empowerment and the International Ladies Garmet workers Union. This volume significantly advances ongoing efforts to excavate the history of African Americans’ contributions to the labor movement both in the US and internationally, and ameliorates the limited attention devoted to gender issues."