Racial Competition and Class Solidarity (Book Title)


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It sometimes seems that racial conflict is an intractable impediment to class solidarity in the United States. Yet in a time of economic depression and overt racism, the unions of the CIO did, on a number of occasions, forge interracial solidarity among industrial workers of the 1930s and 1940s. This book explores the role of racism and racial solidarity in union organizing efforts or strikes during the period between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, covering both those conditions and actions that enabled unions to realize interracial solidarity and those more common circumstances in which union organizing was defeated by racial competition. (State University of New York Press, 2007)


Cliff Brown

Cliff Brown is an associate professor of sociology and the coordinator of the sociology graduate program at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include social stratification, race and ethnic relations, comparative historical sociology, the environment and social change, and the U.S. labor movement.

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