Oral History Series: Meatpackers: An Oral History of Packinghouse Workers and Their Struggle for Racial and Economic Equality, 1st Edition

  • Rick Halpern
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  • ISBN-10: 0805791205
  • ISBN-13: 9780805791204
  • DDC: 331.6
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 lbs ( .52 kgs)
  • Print | Hardcover
  • © 1997 | Published



Using oral history interviews drawn from the massive United Packinghouse Workers of America Oral History Project (underwritten by the National Endowment for the Humanities), Halpern and Horowitz trace the impact of the packinghouse on race relations, the civil rights movement, and African American communities from Chicago to Fort Worth. The interviewees speak for themselves with power, intelligence, and emotion. They reveal the importance of the packinghouse employment to mid-western black communities, and offer insights into the work experience and family relationships of African Americans. They relate the remarkable representation of interracial cooperation within a labor union and the positive role this organization played in the promotion of social change, racial equality, and tolerance.