Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923

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University of Illinois Press, 1994 - History - 353 pages
"During the nineteenth century, American and foreign travelers often found New Orleans a delightful, exotic stop on their journeys; few failed to marvel at the riverfront, the center of the city's economic activity. . . . But absent from the tourism industry's historical recollection is any reference to the immigrants or black migrants and their children who constituted the army of laborers along the riverfront and provided the essential human power to keep the cotton, sugar, and other goods flowing. . . . In examining one diverse group of workers--the 10,000 to 15,000 cotton screwmen, longshoremen, cotton and round freight teamsters, cotton yardmen, railroad freight handlers, and Mississippi River roustabouts--this book focuses primarily on the workplace and the labor movement that emerged along the waterfront."--From the preface
 

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Contents

The Remaking of a Union State Labor and Politics in the Early Reconstruction Era
3
Raising an Arm in Defense of their Cause The Emergence of the Labor Question
34
Testing the Limits Politics Race and the Labor Movement 18821892
74
Turning Points Biracial Unions in the Age of Segregation 18931901
119
To Rule or Ruin The Struggle for Control in the Early Twentieth Century
160
The Search for Stability The Crisis of Labor Relations in the Era of the First World War
204
Epilogue
253
Notes
256
Index
345
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Eric Arnesen is the James R. Hoffa Teamsters Professor of Modern American Labor History and Vice Dean for Faculty and Administration at George Washington University's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. His books include Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality, Black Protest and the Great Migration: A Brief History with Documents, and The Black Worker: Race, Labor, and Civil Rights since Emancipation.

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