Hiring the Black Worker: The Racial Integration of the Southern Textile Industry, 1960-1980 (Paperback)
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Hiring the Black Worker: The Racial Integration of the Southern Textile Industry, 1960-1980 (Paperback)

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Paperback 360 Pages / Published: 31/05/1999
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In the 1960s and 1970s, the textile industry's workforce underwent a dramatic transformation, as African Americans entered the South's largest industry in growing numbers. Only 3.3 percent of textile workers were black in 1960; by 1978, this number had risen to 25 percent. Using previously untapped legal records and oral history interviews, Timothy Minchin crafts a compelling account of the integration of the mills. Minchin argues that the role of a labor shortage in spurring black hiring has been overemphasized, pointing instead to the federal government's influence in pressing the textile industry to integrate. He also highlights the critical part played by African American activists. Encouraged by passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, black workers filed antidiscrimination lawsuits against nearly all of the major textile companies. Still, Minchin notes, even after the integration of the mills, African American workers encountered considerable resistance: black women faced continued hiring discrimination, while black men found themselves shunted into low-paying jobs with little hope of promotion. |Based on oral history interviews and never-before-used legal records, this book reveals how African American men and women fought to integrate the South's largest industry.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807847718
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
A first-rate work of labor history.

"Choice"


An impressive piece of craftsmanship that complements Minchin's earlier study of the failure of trade unionism in southern textiles.

"Ethnic & Racial Studies"


"Minchin presents a careful, well-researched, clear, and subtle study of the breaching of the all-white world of southern textiles.

Thomas Terrill, University of South Carolina"


Minchin's book is a genuine contribution to labor, civil rights, and political history that will generate further scholarship.

"Journal of American History"


Minchin presents a careful, well-researched, clear, and subtle study of the breaching of the all-white world of southern textiles.

Thomas Terrill, University of South Carolina

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