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Reverend Addie WyattFaith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality$
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Marcia Walker-McWilliams

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040528

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040528.001.0001

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In Search of Work and Community

In Search of Work and Community

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Reverend Addie Wyatt

Marcia Walker-McWilliams

University of Illinois Press

This chapter continues the exploration of the themes of family, faith, and experiences of racism and economic poverty but within the context of Addie Wyatt's nascent marriage to her high-school sweetheart, Claude Wyatt Jr., and her subsequent motherhood. The need to find employment in order to contribute to her household drove her to seek employment in the Chicago stockyards during World War II, thus introducing her to the gendered and racialized environment of meatpacking plants as well as the labor movement through the United Packinghouse Workers of America. The chapter also brings to light an important era of community and faith-based activism for Wyatt in the Altgeld Gardens housing project where she and her family resided from 1944 through 1955.

Keywords:   Chicago stockyards, racism, meatpacking plants, labor movement, United Packinghouse Workers of America, Addie Wyatt, African American women, activism

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