Wednesday, September 28, 2022
On this date in 1891, 1500 Black longshoreman walked off their jobs in Savannah, Georgia demanding higher wages, guarantees of receiving overtimed pay they were due, and recognition in their union. The strike was well planned and orderly. $5000 was set aside and a public relations blitz assured full support from the Black community, but they ultimately lost within 5 days when the company brought in White scab workers to replace the strikers.
- It’s a Mystery- White Workers Against Black Workers by Bill Bigelow (Author). Teachers are provided with a unit plan depicting the history and social factors that contributed to the racial tensions between workers in the 1920s.