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A Matter of Moral Justice: Black Women Laundry Workers and the Fight for Justice

Matter Carson


A Matter of Moral Justice explores the little-studied power laundry industry and its workers, beginning with the birth of the industry at the turn of the twentieth century and concluding with an epilogue on the state of the industry in the early twenty-first century. While providing a broad overview of working conditions, the book focuses on the activism of Black women, who by 1930 comprised a significant proportion of the power laundry workforce. In the urban industrial North, where the industry flourished, Black women eager to escape domestic service actively sought jobs in power laundries, ... More

Keywords: Power laundry workers, Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL), Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), Negro Labor Committee (NLC), Rose Schneiderman, industrial feminism, civil rights unionism, the industrial union movement, the Communist Party, interracial unionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043901
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043901.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matter Carson, author
Ryerson University