Marching Together: Women of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
by Melinda Chateauvert
University of Illinois Press, 1998
Cloth: 978-0-252-02340-8 | Paper: 978-0-252-06636-8
Library of Congress Classification HD6515.R362B763 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.47811385221

      The Brotherhood of Sleeping
        Car Porters was the first national trade union for African Americans.
        Standard BSCP histories focus on the men who built the union; few acknowledge
        the important role of the Ladies' Auxiliary in shaping public debates
        over black manhood and unionization, setting political agendas for the
        black community, and crafting effective strategies to win racial and economic
      The Ladies' Auxiliary, made
        up of the wives, daughters, and sisters of Pullman porters, used the Brotherhood
        to claim respectability and citizenship. Pullman maids, relegated to the
        auxiliary, found their problems as working women neglected in favor of
        the rhetoric of racial solidarity. The auxiliary actively educated other
        women and children about the labor movement, staged consumer protests,
        and organized local and national civil rights campaigns ranging from the
        1941 March on Washington to school integration to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
      A volume in the series
        Women in American History, edited by Anne Firor Scott, Nancy A. Hewitt,
        and Stephanie Shaw, and in the series The Working Class in American History,
        edited by David Brody, Alice Kessler-Harris, David Montgomery, and Sean
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