Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the by Eric Arnesen

By Eric Arnesen

From the time the 1st tracks have been laid within the early 19th century, the railroad has occupied a vital position in America's ancient mind's eye. Now, for the 1st time, Eric Arnesen offers us an untold piece of that very important American institution—the tale of African american citizens at the railroad.

African american citizens were part of the railroad from its inception, yet this day they're mostly remembered as Pullman porters and tune layers. the true heritage is much richer, a story of never-ending fight, perseverance, and partial victory. In a sweeping narrative, Arnesen re-creates the heroic efforts through black locomotive firemen, brakemen, porters, eating vehicle waiters, and redcaps to struggle a pervasive process of racism and task discrimination fostered by means of their employers, white co-workers, and the unions that legally represented them even whereas barring them from club.

Decades prior to the increase of the fashionable civil rights stream within the mid-1950s, black railroaders solid their very own model of civil rights activism, organizing their very own institutions, difficult white exchange unions, and pursuing criminal redress via country and federal courts. In recapturing black railroaders' voices, aspirations, and demanding situations, Arnesen is helping to recast the background of black protest and American hard work within the 20th century.

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