Race Against Liberalism : Black Workers and the UAW in Detroit

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-23
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr

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Race against Liberalismexamines how black workers' activism in Detroit shaped the racial politics of the labor movement and the white working class. Tracing substantive, long-standing disagreements between liberals and black workers who embraced autonomous race-based action, David M. Lewis-Colman shows how black autoworkers placed themselves at the center of Detroit's working-class politics and sought to forge a kind of working-class unity that accommodated their interests as African Americans. The book covers the independent caucuses in the 1940s and the Trade Union Leadership Council in the 1950s, the black power movement and Revolutionary Union Movements of the mid- 1960s, and the independent race-based activism of the 1970s that resulted in Coleman Young becoming the city's first black mayor in 1973.

Author Biography

David M. Lewis-Colman is an assistant professor of African American history at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Text Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Ambivalent Solidarityp. 5
A Negro Caucusp. 25
Communism and Civil Rightsp. 42
The Triumph of Racial Liberalismp. 52
The Trade Union Leadership Councilp. 72
Black-Power Caucusesp. 90
Conclusionp. 113
Notesp. 119
Bibliographyp. 137
Indexp. 147
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