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Author Washington, Eric K., author.

Title Boss of the grips : the life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal / Eric K. Washington.

Publication Info. New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W W. Norton & Company, [2019]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Williams,J WAS    Available
 PAS La Pintoresca Branch Non-Fiction    92 WILLIAMS,J WAS    DUE 06-01-20
1 copy being processed for PAS La Pintoresca Branch On Order.
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description xviii, 350 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [329]-330) and index.
Contents "To hustle while you're waiting" -- "A gilded, but gritty age" -- "If we cannot go forward, let us mark time" -- Fraternity and ascendancy -- Harlem exodus to the Bronx and to the sea -- War at home and abroad -- "A sweet spot in Harlem known as Strivers' Row" -- The black decade -- Testaments in transit -- Bandwidths -- Moving to the Dunbar -- Organized labor pains -- "Things reiterated as the American way" -- A second marriage.
Summary "In a feat of remarkable research and timely reclamation, Eric K. Washington uncovers the nearly forgotten life of James H. Williams (1878-1948), the chief porter of Grand Central Terminal's Red Caps-a multitude of Harlem-based black men whom he organized into the essential labor force of America's most august railroad station. Washington reveals that despite the highly racialized and often exploitative nature of the work, the Red Cap was a highly coveted job for college-bound black men determined to join New York's bourgeoning middle class. Examining the deeply intertwined subjects of class, labor, and African American history, Washington chronicles Williams's life, showing how the enterprising son of freed slaves successfully navigated the segregated world of the northern metropolis, and in so doing ultimately achieved financial and social influence."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Williams, James H. (James Henry), 1878-1948.
Grand Central Terminal (New York, N.Y.) -- History.
Porters -- United States -- Biography.
African American railroad employees -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9781631493225 (hardcover)
1631493221 (hardcover)
9781631493232 (epub)

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