Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Enterprise in an Antebellum Southern Port

Labor and Enterprise in an Antebellum Southern Port
University of South Carolina Press
  • erschienen am 30. März 2015
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 304 Seiten
978-1-61117-474-8 (ISBN)
An examination of the role and struggles of enslaved dock workers shortly after emancipation
  • Englisch
  • South Carolina
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  • USA
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
28 illustrations
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
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  • Dicke: 22 mm
  • 630 gr
978-1-61117-474-8 (9781611174748)
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Michael D. Thompson is a UC Foundation Assistant Professor of American History at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA. He earned his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Emory University, USA. Thompson's manuscript for Working on the Dock of the Bay was awarded the 2011 Hines Prize from the College of Charleston's Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW). He resides in Ooltewah, Tennessee, with his wife, Melissa, and children, Benjamin and Lily.
"Thompson's meticulously researched book is an outstanding work of social history. His moving of urban workers from the periphery to the center of Charleston's story is a role model for discovering the lives of those often ignored in histories of the Old South. He describes brilliantly the activities and activism of black and white waterfront workers, indicating clearly the vital nature of their contribution to the antebellum southern economy. Ultimately, he highlights that to understand the successes of failures of post-Civil War Reconstruction one must begin in the fluid race and class relations of the pre-War era."--David Gleeson, professor of American history, Northumbria University "Meticulous research, lively writing, and balanced interpretations distinguish Michael Thompson's original and revealing history of Charleston's antebellum dockworkers, black and white, enslaved and free. At the intersection of Atlantic commerce and harvests of rice and cotton, the city's dock workers funneled goods, ideas, and hopes into and out of the antebellum South, as this fine work of historical craftsmanship discloses."--Michael P. Johnson, professor of history, Johns Hopkins University "Thompson is working in a rich vein of New Labor History that goes back more than fifty years to the pioneering work of another Thompson and yet, as this book shows, still yields valuable new insights into long-studied subjects."--The Journal of Southern History "As the first book-length study of southern waterfront workers in the years before the Civil War, Thompson's book breaks important new ground."--H-Net Reviews "Thompson has created an exemplary and comprehensive labour history of Charleston's antebellum dockside."--The Northern Mariner
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