Fighting in Paradise
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Hardcover. 474 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.1in. x 1.4in.Powerful labor movements played a critical role in shaping modern Hawaii, beginning in the 1930s, when International Longshore and Warehousemens Union (ILWU) representatives were dispatched to the islands to organize plantation and dock laborers. They were stunned by the feudal conditions they found in Hawaii, where the majority of workers-Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino in origin-were routinely subjected to repression and racism at the hands of white bosses. During the 1950s, just as the ILWU began a series of successful strikes and organizing drives, the union came under McCarthyite attacks and persecution. In the midst of these allegations, Hawaiis bid for statehood was being challenged by powerful voices in Washington while Jim Crow advocates worried that Hawaiis representatives would be enthusiastic supporters of pro-civil rights legislation. Hawaiis extensive social welfare system and the continuing power of unions to shape the state politically are a direct result of those troubled times. Based on exhaustive archival research in Hawaii, California, Washington, and elsewhere, Gerald Hornes gripping story of Hawaii workers struggle to unionize reads like a suspense novel as it details for the first time how radicalism and racism helped shape Hawaii in the twentieth century. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780824835026
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About the Author: Gerald Horne is Moores Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Houston. He has been the author or editor of thirty books, including The White Pacific: U.S. Imperialism and Black Slavery in the South Seas after the Civil War.
Title: Fighting in Paradise
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Book Condition: New
Book Type: Hardcover
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