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Black Firefighters and the FDNY: The Struggle for Jobs, Justice, and Equity in New York City

David Goldberg


For many African Americans, getting a public sector job has historically been one of the few paths to the financial stability of the middle class, and in New York City, few such jobs were as sought-after as positions in the fire department (FDNY). For over a century, generations of Black New Yorkers have fought to gain access to and equal opportunity within the FDNY. Tracing this struggle for jobs and justice from 1898 to the present, David Goldberg details the ways each generation of firefighters confronted overt and institutionalized racism. An important chapter in the histories of both Blac ... More

Keywords: Black firefighters, Affirmative Action, Black labor history, Vulcan Society, Black public sector workers, Black civil service workers, Black Social Movements, New York City

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469633626
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Goldberg, author
Wayne State University