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Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040818

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.001.0001

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Race, Unionism, and the Open-Shop Movement along the Waterfront in Mobile, Alabama

Race, Unionism, and the Open-Shop Movement along the Waterfront in Mobile, Alabama

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(p.104) 4 Race, Unionism, and the Open-Shop Movement along the Waterfront in Mobile, Alabama
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Against Labor
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Robert H. Woodrum

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040818.003.0005

Robert Woodrum examines the clashes between waterfront employers and black longshore workers in Mobile, Alabama during the era of World War I. The regional Marine Employers’ Association, committed to upholding open-shop conditions, enjoyed support from the U.S. Shipping Board and local vigilantes, including the Ku Klux Klan. During strikes, the employers benefited from the mobilization of white strikebreakers.

Keywords:   open-shop, strikes, Ku Klux Klan, mobile, Employers’ Association, racism, union-busting

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