Friday, March 14, 2008, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
“Will ‘our people’ be any better off after this war?”: Spaces of Opportunity in Black Chicago, 1938-1947
Jeffrey Helgeson, University of Illinois at Chicago
Commentators: Adam Green, University of Chicago and Lionel Kimble, Chicago State University
World War II was a watershed moment for black Americans, when black employment in the Chicago area grew from 80,347 to 222,600 -- an increase from 4.9% to 11.7% of the total (at a time when the black population increased from 7.1 to 9.4 percent of the total population). This paper shows that the local fight for fair employment -- a principal goal of the “Double V” campaign for victory over fascism abroad and racism at home -- not only energized black Americans’ civil rights consciousness, but also invigorated and revised “race conscious” economic nationalism in the Black Metropolis.
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The Newberry Library Seminar in Labor History is co-sponsored by the History Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University and the Labor and Working Class History Association
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