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Gateway to equality : Black women and the struggle for economic justice in St. Louis

Author: Keona K Ervin
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky University Press of Kentucky [2017]
Series: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"St. Louis, Missouri, was caught in the stifling grip of the Great Depression. For the next thirty years, the Gateway City continued to experience significant urban decline as its population swelled and the area's industries stagnated. Over these decades, many African American citizens in the region found themselves struggling financially and fighting for access to profitable jobs and suitable working conditions. To  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keona K Ervin
ISBN: 9780813168838 081316883X
OCLC Number: 1038755506
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-250) and index.
Description: 269 Seiten, 10 ungezählte Seiten Tafeln : Illustrationen, Karte ; 24 cm
Series Title: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century
Responsibility: Keona K. Ervin.

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"St. Louis, Missouri, was caught in the stifling grip of the Great Depression. For the next thirty years, the Gateway City continued to experience significant urban decline as its population swelled and the area's industries stagnated. Over these decades, many African American citizens in the region found themselves struggling financially and fighting for access to profitable jobs and suitable working conditions. To combat ingrained racism, crippling levels of poverty, and sub-standard living conditions, black women worked together to form a community-based culture of resistance-fighting for employment, a living wage, dignity, representation, and political leadership. Gateway to Equality investigates black working-class women's struggle for economic justice from the rise of New Deal liberalism in the 1930s to the social upheavals of the 1960s. Keona K. Ervin explains that the conditions in twentieth-century St. Louis were conducive to the rise of this movement since the city's economy was based on industries that employed women, such as textiles and food processing. As part of the Great Migration, black women migrated to the city at a higher rate than their male counterparts, and labor and black freedom movements relied less on a charismatic, male leadership model. This made it possible for women to emerge as visible and influential leaders. In this study, Ervin presents a stunning account of the ways in which black working-class women fused racial and economic justice. By illustrating that their politics played an important role in defining urban political agendas, her work sheds light on an unexplored aspect of community activism and illuminates the complexities of the overlapping civil rights and labor movements during the first half of the twentieth century"...Provided by publisher.

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