Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia

Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia

by Peter Cole

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Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia by Peter Cole

  During the 1910s and 1920s, the Philadelphia waterfront was home to the most durable interracial, multiethnic union seen in the United States prior to the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) era. For much of its time, Local 8's majority was African American and included immigrants from Eastern Europe as well as many Irish Americans. In this important study, Peter Cole examines how Local 8, affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), accomplished what no other did at the time. He also shows how race was central not only to the rise but also to the decline of Local 8, as increasing racial tensions were manipulated by employers and federal agents bent on the union's destruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252090851
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: Working Class in American History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Peter Cole is a professor of history at Western Illinois University.

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