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Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement: Workers, Consumers, and Civil Rights from the 1930s to the 1980s

Traci Parker

Abstract

In this book, Traci Parker examines the movement to racially integrate white-collar work and consumption in American department stores, and broadens our understanding of historical transformations in African American class and labor formation. Built on the goals, organization, and momentum of earlier struggles for justice, the department store movement channeled the power of store workers and consumers to promote black freedom in the mid-twentieth century. Sponsoring lunch counter sit-ins and protests in the 1950s and 1960s, and challenging discrimination in the courts in the 1970s, this movem ... More

Keywords: Department stores, African Americans, Civil Rights Movement, Labor, Worker, Consumer, Shopping, Consumption, Middle-class, Retail

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469648675
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648675.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Traci Parker, author
University of Massachusetts, Amherst