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Overview

In this powerful new work, Marable, Ness, and Wilson maintain that contrary to the popular hubris about equality, race is entrenched and more divisive than any time since the Civil Rights Movement. Race and Labor in the United States asserts that all advances in American race relations have only evolved through conflict and collective struggle. The foundation of the class divide in the United States remains, while racial and ethnic segregation, privilege, and domination, and the institution of neoliberalism have become a detriment to all workers.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Editors Marable, Ness and Wilson have produced an informative, timely overview of the enduring problems of race in the US. Recommended.
Choice
Editors Marable, Ness and Wilson have produced an informative, timely overview of the enduring problems of race in the US. Recommended.
The Journal of African American History
...Race and Labor Matters in the New U.S. Economy provides excellent advice to the labor movement and unions on improving their standing within the American society of the new millenium.
— Lopez Matthews, 2007
Gerald Horne
Race and Labor in the United States is a powerful compilation of penetrating essays revealing essential contradictions of race and class in America. It is bound to become a standard in the field and is essential reading for students and scholars of U.S. labor and racial social dynamics in the 21st century.
David Addams
As the class divide grows precipitously in the United States, far too little attention is drawn to the racial divide. Race and Labor Matters in the United States is a sobering book revealing that the color line remains bound with the growing poverty and declining wages for all workers. This book is a seminal work and should be required reading for students of race relations and political economy in America.
The Journal of African American History - Lopez Matthews
...Race and Labor Matters in the New U.S. Economy provides excellent advice to the labor movement and unions on improving their standing within the American society of the new millenium.
Juan Gonzalez
Demographic change in the U.S. is engendering a diverse labor force starkly separated along the lines of race and ethnicity. This comprehensive book by leading historians, political economists, labor experts, and sociologists, challenges the dominant perspective of a harmonious nation by recovering race from our historical collective consciousness. Marable, Ness, and Wilson are at the cutting-edge of the debate on race and class. Race and Labor in the United States is essential reading for all interested in the latest thinking by scholars and activists around the issues of race and labor.
Journal of African American History
...Race and Labor Matters in the New U.S. Economy provides excellent advice to the labor movement and unions on improving their standing within the American society of the new millenium.
— Lopez Matthews, 2007
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742546905
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/25/2006
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Manning Marable

Manning Marable is professor of history and political science and founding director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. Marable is the author or editor of nearly twenty books and scholarly anthologies, including The Great Wells of Democracy, Freedom on My Mind, and How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America. Immanuel Ness is professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books, including Trade Unions and the Betrayal of the Unemployed. Ness is editor of WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society and the award-winning Encyclopedia of American Social Movements. Joseph Wilson is professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books including, Tearing Down the Color Bar, The Re-Education of the American Working Class, and Black Labor in America.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Imperative of Black Worker Mobilization in Renewing Organized Labor in the United States, Bill Fletcher, Jr. Chapter 3 Black Leadership and Organized Labor: From Workplace to Community, Manning Marable, Joseph Wilson Chapter 4 Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement for Building a Worker Rights Movement, Aldon Morris and Dan Clawson Chapter 5 Labor Against Empire: At Home and Abroad, Robin D.G. Kelley Chapter 6 Achilles' Heel and the Tortoise: Race and the Labor Movement in the United States of America, Michael Goldfield Chapter 7 Organizing around Work in the Black Community: the Struggle against Bad Jobs Held by African Americans, Steven Pitts Chapter 8 "By Working People for Working People": New Haven's Trade Union Plaza and the Fight for Affordable Housing, Mandi Isaacs Jackson Chapter 9 Race, Labor and Urban Community: Negotiating a "New Social Contract" in New Haven, Chris Rhomberg and Louise Simmons Chapter 10 Race and Privatization and the Working Conditions of Low-wage Health Care Laborers, Immanuel Ness and Roland Zullo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2006

    Despair Hope Power

    Manning Marable and his collleagues have assembled the most important book on the question of race in the 21st Century. Drawing on the pathbreaking themes and analysis of the last two decades on the end of the social contract with Africans in America Mabable has provided dramatic evidence of the crisis that faces Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean America like no one else today. Rather than using literary abstractions, Marable addresses head on the Crisis. So well documented, his work is decisive and necessary for all those wishing to comprehend the endemic racial oppression that pervades the U.S. and people throughout the imperial world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    Finally the Real Deal

    The book is the first to show how African Americans are getting slammed by Racism and gives us example after example of how Blacks are displaced, replaced, by new forms of job segregation. Its now the 'time to stand up for our rights.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Race and Working-Class Power

    Thjis book is a powerful compilation of penetrating contributions revealing esssential dialectic contradictions of race and class in the contemporary United States. It is bound to become a standard in the field of race and ethnicity and African-American history. It is essential reading for scholars and students of U.S. labor and race, as the two are inextricably linked in American and world history. Manning Marable, Manny Ness, and Joseph Wilson's work paves the way for an enduring debate as we enter a troubling and uncertain era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Bridging the Class DivideAs

    As the class divide grows precipitously in the United States, far too little attention is drawn to the racial divide. RACE AND LABOR MATTERS IN THE NEW U.S. ECONOMY is a sobering book, revealing that the color line remains bound with growing poverty and declining wages for all workers. This book is a seminal work that should be required reading for community activists and students of race relations and political economy in the US.

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