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Fighting for Total Person UnionismHarold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship$
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Robert Bussel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039492

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039492.001.0001

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“A Trade Union Oriented War on the Slums”

“A Trade Union Oriented War on the Slums”

(p.141) Chapter 10 “A Trade Union Oriented War on the Slums”
Fighting for Total Person Unionism

Robert Bussel

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how the establishment of the St. Louis Civic Alliance for Housing rejuvenated Harold Gibbons and Ernest Calloway's vision of working-class citizenship and total person unionism. It begins with a background on the nine-month-long rent strike by public housing tenants in St. Louis and Gibbons's role in negotiating an end to the conflict, followed by a discussion on the Civic Alliance for Housing, a new entity that would help administer the city's public housing. It then considers the controversial NAACP election, focusing on questions raised about Evelyn Roberts's leadership and Calloway's role, and how the election exacerbated fissures among African American leaders. It also looks at two entities founded by Gibbons and Calloway, America 2000 and the Tandy Area Council, along with Calloway's unsuccessful bid for an area congressional seat in 1968.

Keywords:   total person unionism, St. Louis Civic Alliance for Housing, Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, working-class citizenship, rent strike, public housing, NAACP, Evelyn Roberts, Tandy Area Council

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