Black Power at Work: Community Control, Affirmative Action and the Construction of Industry

Black Power at Work: Community Control, Affirmative Action and the Construction of Industry

edited by Trevor Griffey, fl. 2011 and David Goldberg, fl. 2006 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010, originally published 2010), 280 page(s)

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Black Power at Work chronicles the history of direct action campaigns to open up the construction industry to black workers in the 1960s and 1970s. The book's case studies of local movements in Brooklyn, Newark, the Bay Area, Detroit, Chicago, and Seattle show how struggles against racism in the construction industry shaped the emergence of Black Power politics outside the U.S. South. In the process, "community control" of the construction industry—especially government War on Poverty and post-rebellion urban reconstruction projects— became central to community organizing for black economic self-determination and political autonomy.The history of Black Power's community organizing tradition shines a light on more recent debates about job training and placement for unemployed, underemployed, and underrepresented workers. Politicians responded to Black Power protests at federal construction projects by creating modern affirmative action and minority set-aside programs in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but these programs relied on "voluntary" compliance by contractors and unions, government enforcement was inadequate, and they were not connected to jobs programs. Forty years later, the struggle to have construction jobs serve as a pathway out of poverty for inner city residents remains an unfinished part of the struggle for racial justice and labor union reform in the United States.Contributors: Erik S. Gellman, Roosevelt University; David Goldberg, Wayne State University; Trevor Griffey, University of Washington; Brian Purnell, Fordham University; Julia Rabig, Boston University; John J. Rosen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Field of Interest
Global Issues
Publisher
Cornell University Press
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2010 Cornell University Press
Content Type
General reference book
Duration
0 sec
Warning: Contains explicit content
No
Format
Text
Original Publication Date
2010
Page Count
280
Publication Year
2010
Publisher
Cornell University Press
Place Published / Released
Ithaca, NY
Subject
Global Issues, Social Sciences, Violence and Repression, Individual and Groups Rights, Long Civil Rights Movement, United States, Civil rights, Labor unions, Race relations, Politics & Policy, Sociology, Direitos Individuais e de Grupo, Derechos del Individuo y de Grupos, United States of America, USA, US of A, America, Estados Unidos, United States, African Americans, 21st Century in World History (2001– ), 20th Century in World History (1914--2000)
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Direitos Individuais e de Grupo, Derechos del Individuo y de Grupos, United States of America, USA, US of A, America, Estados Unidos

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