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The Resource Gateway to equality : Black women and the struggle for economic justice in St. Louis, Keona K. Ervin

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

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Gateway to equality : Black women and the struggle for economic justice in St. Louis
Title
Gateway to equality
Title remainder
Black women and the struggle for economic justice in St. Louis
Statement of responsibility
Keona K. Ervin
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Language
eng
Summary
"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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Ervin, Keona K.,
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plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American women
  • African American women
  • Working class women
  • Equality
  • Social justice
  • Saint Louis (Mo.)
  • Saint Louis (Mo.)
  • Saint Louis (Mo.)
  • African American women
  • African American women
  • Economic history
  • Equality
  • Race relations
  • Social conditions
  • Social justice
  • Working class women
  • Missouri
Label
Gateway to equality : Black women and the struggle for economic justice in St. Louis, Keona K. Ervin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-250) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The labor of dignity : Black working-class women's organizing in the Gateway City -- We strike and win : food factory workers and working-class radicalism -- Their side of the case : domestic workers and New Deal labor reform -- The fight against economic slavery : clerks, youth, and gender in the don't buy where you can't work movement -- Riveting the sinews of democracy : defense workers and Double V -- Beneath our dignity : garment workers and the politics of interracial unionism -- Jobs and homes ... freedom : working-class struggles against postwar urban inequality -- Conclusion: The legacies of Black working-class women's political leadership
Control code
959035994
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
269 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780813168838
Lccn
2017019635
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)959035994
Label
Gateway to equality : Black women and the struggle for economic justice in St. Louis, Keona K. Ervin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The labor of dignity : Black working-class women's organizing in the Gateway City -- We strike and win : food factory workers and working-class radicalism -- Their side of the case : domestic workers and New Deal labor reform -- The fight against economic slavery : clerks, youth, and gender in the don't buy where you can't work movement -- Riveting the sinews of democracy : defense workers and Double V -- Beneath our dignity : garment workers and the politics of interracial unionism -- Jobs and homes ... freedom : working-class struggles against postwar urban inequality -- Conclusion: The legacies of Black working-class women's political leadership
Control code
959035994
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
269 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780813168838
Lccn
2017019635
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)959035994

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