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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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Postwar Civic and Civil Rights Unionism

Postwar Civic and Civil Rights Unionism

The Vulcan Society’s Golden Age, 1946–1963

(p.109) Four Postwar Civic and Civil Rights Unionism
Black Firefighters and the FDNY

David Goldberg

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter charts the growth of the Vulcan Society in both numbers and stature during the postwar era. Led by Wesley Williams’ protégé, Robert Lowery, this second generation of Black firefighters rapidly expanded the organization’s size, civic engagement, public profile, and influence within the FDNY and Democratic politics by the early 1960s.

Keywords:   Vulcan Society, Robert O. Lowery, Civil Rights unionism, Federation of Negro Civil Service Workers, Racial integration and the public sector, Black civic and social engagement, Black politics in New York, Racial liberalism, Black workers and civil service jobs, Robert Wagner Jr.

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