Marching Together: Women of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters / Edition 1

Marching Together: Women of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters / Edition 1

by Melinda Chateauvert
     
 

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was the first national trade union for African Americans. Standard BSCP histories focus on the men who built the union: few acknowledge the important role of the Ladies' Auxiliary in shaping public debates over black manhood and unionization, setting political agendas for the black community, and crafting effective strategies to… See more details below

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The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was the first national trade union for African Americans. Standard BSCP histories focus on the men who built the union: few acknowledge the important role of the Ladies' Auxiliary in shaping public debates over black manhood and unionization, setting political agendas for the black community, and crafting effective strategies to win racial and economic justice. In this first book-length history of the women of the BSCP, Melinda Chateauvert brings to life an entire group of women ignored in previous histories of the Brotherhood and of working-class women, situating them in the debates among women's historians over the ways that race and class shape women's roles and gender relations. Chateauvert's work shows how the auxiliary, made up of the wives, daughters, and sisters of Pullman porters, used the Brotherhood to claim respectability and citizenship. Pullman maids, relegated to the auxiliary, found their problems as working women neglected in favor of the rhetoric of racial solidarity. The auxiliary actively educated other women and children about the labor movement, staged consumer protests, and organized local and national civil rights campaigns ranging from the 1941 March on Washington to school integration to the Montgomery bus boycott.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252066368
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
Working Class in American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,048,228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Brotherhood Story1
1The Case against Pullman19
2"It Was the Women Who Made the Union": Organizing the Brotherhood36
3Striking for the New Manhood Movement53
4The First Ladies' Auxiliary to the First International Negro Trade Union in the World71
5"A Bigger and Better Ladies' Auxiliary"95
6"The Duty of Fair Representation": Brotherhood Sisters and Brothers116
7Union Wives, Union Homes138
8"We Talked of Democracy and Learned It Can Be Made to Work": Politics163
9"Disharmony within the Official Family": Dissolution of the International Ladies' Auxiliary, 1956-57188
AppendixBSCP Ladies' Auxiliary Membership, 1940-56199
Notes201
Index259

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