Rising from the rails pullman porters and the making of the black middle class larry tye on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a valuable window into a long underreported dimension of african american history newsday when george pullman began recruiting southern blacks as porters in his luxurious new sleeping cars. Rising from the rails is larry tyes account of the pullman porters over 100 years these black workers transformed train service established a middle class organized a union and won recognition after a decade long fight a philip randolph used his perch as brotherhood president to launch the civil rights movement. Terry gross interviews journalist larry tye they examine the social history of the porter in rising from the rails pullman porters and the making of the black middle class tye says that the job was one of the best for african americans at the time and that it was a foothold in the american workplace tye reports for the boston globe. Rising from the rails pullman porters and the making of the black middle class they all worked for the pullman company which until 1969 owned the sleeper cars for and ran the sleeper service . Rising from the rails npr coverage of rising from the rails pullman porters and the making of the black middle class by larry tye news author interviews critics picks and more
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