Work of the Fellows:

Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle

Honey, Michael K. (Fellow, 1995-96)

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999

From the publisher's description:

The labor of black workers has been crucial to economic development in the United States. Yet because of racism and segregation, their contribution remains largely unknown. Spanning the 1930s to the present, Black Workers Remember tells the hidden history of African American workers in their own words. It provides striking firsthand accounts of the experiences of black southerners living under segregation in Memphis, Tennessee. Eloquent and personal, these oral histories comprise a unique primary source and provide a new way of understanding the black labor experience during the industrial era. Together, the stories demonstrate how black workers resisted racial apartheid in American industry and underscore the active role of black working people in history.


Subjects: History; African American History; Labor History; Racial Segregation; American History; American Civil Rights Movement; Labor Union Movement