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Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter (Walker's American History Series for Young People)

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-- Coretta Scott King Award, 1990
-- Carter G. Woodson Merit Book, 1990
-- ALA Notable Book, 1990
-- New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, 1990
-- "An exciting labor history, as well as a stirring narrative of a side of the civil rights movement that youngsters know little about". -- SLJ (starred). 1989.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Walker & Company (first published 1989)
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Marcie Hill
Mar 10, 2015 Marcie Hill rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading about the Pullman Porters. Their story is one of a sad irony. Although they were provided outstanding customer service to passengers; were highly regarded professionally and in their community; and were the faces of Pullman sleeping cars, they were overworked and underpaid, disrespected and disregarded as "less than" by management and were bullied into NOT unionizing for better working conditions.

The book said that their wages were kept intentionally low so they could wo
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Bill Stevens
Oct 09, 2008 Bill Stevens rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Public librarians, union historians, and railroad buffs.
More than just the story of the Pullman porters, this volume recounts the saga of Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first major black labor union to be admitted to the AFL. Organized by A. Phillip Randolph, the union brought together many freed slaves who had been hired by George Pullman to pamper the passengers in his sleeping cars. Through poetry, prose, songs, photographs and personal reminiscences of porters, their wives, and others, the text illustrates the difficulties and dangers ...more
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