Chapter

Introduction

MICHAEL KEITH HONEY

in Black Workers Remember

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520217744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217744.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter talks about the voices of poor and working-class people that are only heard in the halls of government, in the media, or in the history books. Least of all heard are African American workers, who lived under laws and customs that sought to silence them. Yet they did make history. The chapter talks about how African American workers broke the silence imposed by segregation and gained recognition as agents of social change. It covers a period of time still within the bounds of living human memory, from the 1930s to the present.

Keywords: African American workers; segregation; social change; working class

Chapter.  5345 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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