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Marching together : women of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

Author: Melinda Chateauvert
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1998.
Series: Women in American history.; Working class in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was the first national trade union for African Americans. Standard BSCP histories focus on the men who built the union: few acknowledge the important role of the Ladies' Auxiliary in shaping public debates over black manhood and unionization, setting political agendas for the black community, and crafting effective strategies to win racial and economic justice.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melinda Chateauvert
ISBN: 0252023404 9780252023408 0252066367 9780252066368
OCLC Number: 36252874
Description: xiv, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the brotherhood story --
The case against Pullman --
It was the women who made the union : organizing the brotherhood --
Striking for the new manhood movement --
The first ladies' auxiliary to the first Negro trade union in the world --
A bigger and better ladies' auxiliary --
The duty of fair representation : brotherhood sisters and brothers --
Union wives, union homes --
We talked of democracy and learned it can be made to work : politics --
Disharmony in the official family : dissolution of the International Ladies' Auxiliary, 1956-57 --
Appendix : BSCP Ladies' Auxiliary membership, 1940-56.
Series Title: Women in American history.; Working class in American history.
Responsibility: Melinda Chateauvert.
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The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was the first national trade union for African Americans. Standard BSCP histories focus on the men who built the union: few acknowledge the important role of the Ladies' Auxiliary in shaping public debates over black manhood and unionization, setting political agendas for the black community, and crafting effective strategies to win racial and economic justice.

In this first book-length history of the women of the BSCP, Melinda Chateauvert brings to life an entire group of women ignored in previous histories of the Brotherhood and of working-class women, situating them in the debates among women's historians over the ways that race and class shape women's roles and gender relations. Chateauvert's work shows how the auxiliary, made up of the wives, daughters, and sisters of Pullman porters, used the Brotherhood to claim respectability and citizenship. Pullman maids, relegated to the auxiliary, found their problems as working women neglected in favor of the rhetoric of racial solidarity.

The auxiliary actively educated other women and children about the labor movement, staged consumer protests, and organized local and national civil rights campaigns ranging from the 1941 March on Washington to school integration to the Montgomery bus boycott.

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"The strength of this book lies in Chateauvert's analysis of the political engagement of Pullman wives. Auxiliary did not mean inconsequential, she shows... Chateauvert's thoughtful analysis adds Read more...

 
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