Out of the Crucible : Black Steel Workers in Western Pennsylvania, 1875-1980

Description

This book examines in depth the century-long struggle of Black laborers in the iron and steel industry of western Pennsylvania. In the process it shows how the fate of these Black workers mirrors the contemporary predicament of the Black working class and the development of a chronically unemployed underclass in America's declining industrial centers. Dickerson argues that persistent racial discrimination within heavy industry and the decline of major industries during the 1970s are key to understanding the social and economic situation of twentieth-century urban Blacks. Through a blend of historical research and contemporary interviews, this study chronicles the struggle of Black steelworkers to gain equality in the industry and the setbacks suffered as American steelmaking succumbed to foreign competition and antiquated modes of production. The plight of western Pennsylvania's Black steelworkers reflects that of Black laborers in Chicago, Gary, Detroit, Cleveland, Youngstown, Birmingham, and other major American cities where heavy industry once flourished.

Details

Author(s)
Dennis C. Dickerson
Format
Paperback | 323 pages
Dimensions
150.37 x 229.87 x 19.3mm | 513g
Publication date
15 Sep 1986
Publisher
State University of New York Press
Publication City/Country
Albany, NY, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
Total Illustrations: 0
ISBN10
0887063063
ISBN13
9780887063060