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There's Always Work at the Post OfficeAfrican American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality$
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Philip F. Rubio

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833421

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895733_rubio

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Fighting Jim Crow at Home During World War II (1940–1946)

Fighting Jim Crow at Home During World War II (1940–1946)

(p.51) Chapter Two Fighting Jim Crow at Home During World War II (1940–1946)
There's Always Work at the Post Office

Philip F. Rubio

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows that despite the gains made by the NAPE for black postal workers since 1940 in breaking down barriers to employment and promotion, James B. Cobb, president of the Washington, D.C. branch, saw that discrimination in the post office and its unions was still the norm. Meanwhile, the Durham, North Carolina native, former tobacco factory worker, and Howard University graduate had won election as president of the Alliance's largest branch in 1941—the year the United States entered World War II on the side of the Allies that had begun fighting back against the invading fascist Axis powers in 1939. Cobb had won on the ambitious platform of “Complete integration throughout the Post Office.”

Keywords:   NAPE, black postal workers, James B. Cobb, discrimination, World War II, Allies, Axis powers

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