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Charleston In Black and WhiteRace and Power in the South after the Civil Rights Movement$
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Steve Estes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622323

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622323.001.0001

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Shadows in the Sun Belt

Shadows in the Sun Belt

(p.148) Chapter Seven Shadows in the Sun Belt
Charleston In Black and White

Steve Estes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows how the campaign to free the “Charleston Five” turned the men into symbols of the continuing civil rights struggle, illustrating the ways that politics, labor, and race remained deeply entangled in Charleston. The labor struggle that led to the Charleston Five case took place in a very different historical context than the hospital strike—the longshoremen's struggle with Lowcountry authorities was a local skirmish in a war between organized labor and international shipping companies in an increasingly global economy. Like many American workers in an increasingly service-oriented economy, most Charleston workers faced globalization alone, with little job security and without the support of a union. By contrast, organized longshoremen were in a relatively strong position to deal with globalization.

Keywords:   Charleston Five, longshoremen, organized labor, labor unions, globalization

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