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Crucibles of Black EmpowermentChicago’s Neighborhood Politics from the New Deal to Harold Washington$
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Jeffrey Helgeson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226130699

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226130729.001.0001

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Postwar Employment Activism

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Crucibles of Black Empowerment

Jeffrey Helgeson

University of Chicago Press

Like Chapter 4, this chapter details the uneven opportunities black workers faced during the postwar economic boom. Even as the economy grew, stable, low-skilled jobs were disappearing. In the face of this growing crisis, this chapter shows that most black reformers in Chicago continued to focus on trying to train and place black men in the remaining jobs. This was true of activists in the Chicago Urban League struggling over how to best serve local workers, as well as of newer protest organizations like those connected to the Negro American Labor Council and Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Operation Breadbasket. They all found it was easier to break down barriers to specific jobs for limited numbers of workers than it was to distribute the jobs they won, much less to fight for the improvement of service-sector jobs or the creation of jobs in black neighborhoods.

Keywords:   Chicago Urban League, Negro American Labor Council, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Operation Breadbasket, Postwar, Economic boom, Jobs, Black workers

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