Black Firefighters and the FDNY: The Struggle for Jobs, by David Goldberg

By David Goldberg

for lots of African american citizens, getting a public area task has traditionally been one of many few paths to the monetary balance of the center type, and in big apple urban, few such jobs have been as sought-after as positions within the fireplace division (FDNY). For over a century, generations of Black New Yorkers have fought to achieve entry to and equivalent chance in the FDNY. Tracing this fight for jobs and justice from 1898 to the current, David Goldberg info the methods each one iteration of firefighters faced overt and institutionalized racism. a tremendous bankruptcy within the histories of either Black social activities and autonomous office organizing, this e-book demonstrates how Black firefighters in big apple helped to create affirmative motion from the "bottom up," whereas concurrently revealing how white resistance to those efforts formed white working-class conservatism and myths of yankee meritocracy.

Full of colourful characters and rousing tales drawn from oral histories, discrimination fits, and the documents of the Vulcan Society (the fraternal society of Black firefighters in New York), this e-book sheds new mild at the effect of Black firefighters within the struggle for civil rights.

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