- Title Pages
- Part I Shaping Myself, Shaping History
- Chapter 1 Writing and Rewriting Labor’s Narrative
- Chapter 2 Supply-Chain Tourist; or, How Globalization Has Transformed the Labor Question
- Chapter 3 Historians as Public Intellectuals
- Part II Capital, Labor, and the State
- Chapter 4 Tribunes of the Shareholder Class
- Chapter 5 “The Man in the Middle”
- Chapter 6 From Corporatism to Collective Bargaining
- Chapter 7 Communism On the Shop Floor and Off
- Part III The Rights Revolution
- Chapter 8 Opportunities Found and Lost
- Chapter 9 The Lost Promise of the Long Civil Rights Movement
- Chapter 10 A New Era of Global Human Rights
- Part IV The Specter on the Right
- Chapter 11 The United States in the Great Depression
- Chapter 12 Market Triumphalism and the Wishful Liberals
- Chapter 13 Did 1968 Change History?
- Chapter 14 Bashing Public Employees and Their Unions
- Part V Intellectuals and Their Ideas
- Chapter 15 C. Wright Mills
- Chapter 16 Harvey Swados
- Chapter 17 B. J. Widick
- Chapter 18 Jay Lovestone
- Chapter 19 Herbert Hill
- Chapter 20 Do Graduate Students Work?
- Chapter 21 Why American Unions Need Intellectuals
- The Working Class in American History
- Production Credits
- (p.242) Chapter 19 Herbert Hill
- A Contest of Ideas
- University of Illinois Press
This chapter presents a portrait of Herbert Hill, who identified himself as “an unreconstructed abolitionist.” As labor secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he was a combatant in a war against men and women who, by history, politics, and religion, should have been in his camp. Hill was a brilliant and determined crusader who made the most of the limited legal remedies available against workplace discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s. He brought actions before the National Labor Relations Board to decertify unions that violated the nondiscrimination provision in federal contracts, and he carried cases against both labor unions and employers to state antidiscrimination commissions. Hill consciously fashioned this employment rights campaign after the larger NAACP fight to dismantle de jure segregation and discrimination in education, housing, and at the ballot box. He drafted an effective and widely distributed NAACP Labor Manual that described the complex gamut of discrimination tactics in the workplace and advised African Americans that the NAACP was ready to aid them in their fight against such inequities.
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