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Black Firefighters and the FDNYThe Struggle for Jobs, Justice, and Equity in New York City$
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David Goldberg

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633626

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633626.001.0001

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The Early Origins of Ethnic Insularity and Racial Exclusion in the New York City Fire Department

The Early Origins of Ethnic Insularity and Racial Exclusion in the New York City Fire Department

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(p.24) One The Early Origins of Ethnic Insularity and Racial Exclusion in the New York City Fire Department
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Black Firefighters and the FDNY
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David Goldberg

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633626.003.0002

This chapter discusses how the FDNY’s cultural of insularity evolved during the 19th Century as the department shifted from volunteerism and became professionalized. The chapter also chronicles how Irish Americans came to dominate the FDNY and used this workplace culture to consolidate and maintain an ethnic niche within the department.

Keywords:   Employment discrimination (19th Century), Volunteer fire companies, Gangs of New York, Tammany Hall, Urban Politics (19th Century), Civil Service reform, Irish Catholics, Social Darwinism, Professionalization

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