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Introduction

David Hamilton Golland

in Constructing Affirmative Action

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129976
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135472 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813129976.003.0001
Introduction

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During a luncheon that was sponsored by the Negro Trade Union Leadership Council and the Jewish Labor Committee in April 1969, Andrew J. Biemiller — legislative director of the AFL-CIO — expressed that the coalition of the labor, liberal, and civil rights had to be strengthened in order to be able to deal with the fact that most blacks were usually excluded from jobs in building construction trades. While the previous secretary of labor, Willard Wirtz, played no small part in advocating programs for union leaders that would maintain the coalition, President Nixon's secretary of labor — George Shultz — did not foster confidence in union efforts at eliminating segregation in construction sites. The book provides a history of the civil rights issue, especially during the civil rights era, and particularly in the North and in the West.

Keywords: coalition; civil rights; civil rights era; labor rights; liberal rights; George Shultz; Willard Wirtz

Chapter.  2347 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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