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This manuscript is a labor history of postal workers, focusing especially on the the postwar period and running through the wildcat strike of March 1970, which became the largest strike against the federal government. Rubio argues that militant African Americans in the post office fought for livable wages, full collective bargaining rights for their union, and other labor and civil rights. Rubio portrays black postal workers in the United States as leaders in the community of workers fighting for labor and racial equality, pushing their way into post office unions, as well as leaders within the black community, assisting with communication between the black middle and working classes.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xix-xxiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. ONE: Who Worked at the Post Office (before 1940)?
  2. pp. 16-50
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  1. TWO: Fighting Jim Crow at Home during World War II (1940–1946)
  2. pp. 51-73
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  1. THREE: Black-Led Movement in the Early Cold War (1946–1950)
  2. pp. 74-98
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  1. FOUR: Fighting Jim Crow and McCarthyism (1947–1954)
  2. pp. 99-120
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  1. FIVE: Collapsing Jim Crow Postal Unionism in the 1950s (1954–1960)
  2. pp. 121-147
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  1. SIX: Interesting Convergences in the Early Sixties Post Office (1960–1963)
  2. pp. 148-170
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  1. SEVEN: Black Women in the 1960s Post Office and Postal Unions (1960–1969)
  2. pp. 171-190
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  1. EIGHT: Civil Rights Postal Unionism (1963–1966)
  2. pp. 191-206
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  1. NINE: Prelude to a Strike (1966–1970)
  2. pp. 207-232
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  1. TEN: The Great Postal Wildcat Strike of 1970
  2. pp. 233-261
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  1. ELEVEN: Post-Strike (1970–1971)
  2. pp. 262-274
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 275-285
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  1. Conclusion
  2. p. 286
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 287-407
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 409-432
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469604053
Related ISBN
9780807833421
MARC Record
OCLC
656846637
Pages
472
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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