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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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“Some Vital Problems of Negro Labor” (1935)

“Some Vital Problems of Negro Labor” (1935)

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(p.140) 24 “Some Vital Problems of Negro Labor” (1935)
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Jewish Radicals
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Frank Crosswaith

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.003.0024

This chapter argues that labor unions do not necessarily serve as obstacles to employment and economic advancement for the black community. As a matter of fact, while there have indeed been cases of prejudice against blacks in some labor unions, many organized labor movements—particularly the socialist unions—place the blacks on equal footing with the rest of their memberships. Some organizations, such as the ILGWU, even go so far as to extend education, empowerment—and even leadership roles—to their black members. Furthermore, the chapter emphasizes that joining labor unions is generally advantageous for the working class, and that the existence of racial prejudice in some unions should not discourage black labor organizing in its entirety.

Keywords:   labor unions, working class, racial prejudice, black community, black labor movements, Frank Crosswaith

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