Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One of the stories I found to be interesting was that of Happy Davis the Pullman Porter. The thing I wanted to learn about more about was the union created by the African American porters and maids. The union was called the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. This was very important thing to happen for African Americans at the time because this job was considered to be one of the best jobs an African American could find at the time. The leader to create the union was a man named A. Phillip Randolph who was fighting for civil rights for African Americans. The union was created in 1925 and with a law being passed this union was the first to get backed by the American Federation of Labor or the AFL. With this backing the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters became very strong and was the leader in stopping segregation in the AFL. This union also helped in the movement of civil rights which at the time was a big movement going on. The other reason this was so big is because this movement started in the big city of Chicago where the Pullman Company was out of and during this time there were many African Americans who lived there and this is what also helped with the push. So in the esence the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters opened the door for union and for civil rights for African Americans. As the company died the Brotherhood would then unite with other brotherhood unions. The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters started in 1925 and ended in 1978. If you want to learn more here is the two websites I found to be very helpful:

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