By Cornelius L. Bynum
A. Philip Randolph's occupation as a exchange unionist and civil rights activist formed the process black protest within the mid-20th century. This e-book exhibits that Randolph's push for African American equality happened inside a broader innovative software of commercial reform.
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Chapter 4 examines Randolph’s introduction to class theory and entrance into the Socialist Party. Looking at his brief period of study at City College of New York, his involvement in Socialist Party politics in 1920s New York, and his effort to bridge factional lines within the party helps to illustrate exactly how Randolph thought to apply class-based solutions to problems of race. Chapters 5 and 6 examine how Randolph used the articles and editorials published in the Messenger in an effort to translate African Americans’ growing postwar discontent with the racial status quo into momentum for a broader revision of industrial capitalism.
Philip Randolph’s Reconciliation of Race and Class in African American Protest Politics Notes Bibliography Index Illustrations follow page Acknowledgments I would have never completed this project without the assistance, guidance, and support of several different people. The dissertation that yielded this book was directed with great patience by Olivier Zunz, Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His guidance and demanding attention to detail were central to the development of the core ideas at the heart of this project.
As clear-cut racial discrimination fundamentally undercut simple class-based solutions to the porters’ problems, Randolph began to fashion a new understanding of the importance of a dual awareness of race and class. Chapter 9 looks at Randolph’s promotion of fair employment and the advent of the Fair Employment Practice Committee (FEPC) as part of the vital link between African Americans’ civil and political rights and economic needs that constituted the basis of his dual race and class consciousness.