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Iron and Steel – Class, Race, and Community in Birmingham, Alabama, 1875-1920 - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Iron and Steel: Class, Race, and Community in Birmingham, Alabama, 1875-1920

Henry M. McKiven Jr.


This study of Birmingham's iron and steel workers unravels the complex connections between race relations and class struggle that shaped the city's social and economic order. It also traces the links between the process of class formation and the practice of community building and neighborhood politics. According to the author, the white men who moved to Birmingham soon after its founding to take jobs as skilled iron workers shared a free labor ideology that emphasized opportunity and equality between white employees and management at the expense of less skilled black laborers. Doubtful of the ... More

Keywords: Birmingham, steel workers, race relations, class struggle, class formation, community building, neighborhood politics, iron workers, free labor ideology, white supremacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780807845240
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807879719_mckiven


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry M. McKiven Jr., author