Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Winning the War for DemocracyThe March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Lucander

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038624

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038624.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 21 September 2021

Pickets, Protests, and Prayers

Pickets, Protests, and Prayers

St. Louis MOWM’s Campaign to Integrate the Defense Workforce

(p.101) 4 Pickets, Protests, and Prayers
Winning the War for Democracy

David Lucander

University of Illinois Press

This chapter shows how St. Louis March on Washington Movement (MOWM) used a major rally to launch a sustained campaign for the integration of African American workers into St. Louis's burgeoning wartime economy. A public prayer demonstration, pickets, and marches helped advance the position of black workers in a number of businesses with defense contracts, including U.S. Cartridge, the world's largest bullet manufacturer. The rising tide of African American workers at U.S. Cartridge came at the confluence of many currents, including a labor shortage, the threat of federal intervention through EO 8802, and constant grassroots pressure from MOWM. By necessity, St. Louis MOWM stepped in as an arbiter of workplace dissension at job sites when greater numbers of African American workers were met by an increase of animosity.

Keywords:   St. Louis MOWM, African American workers, wartime economy, black workers, U.S. Cartridge, EO 8802

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.