The Strike That Changed New York

The Strike That Changed New York

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divdivOn May 9, 1968, junior high school teacher Fred Nauman received a letter that would change the history of New York City. It informed him that he had been fired from his job. Eighteen other educators in the Ocean Hilla€“Brownsville area of Brooklyn received similar letters that day. The dismissed educators were white. The local school board that fired them was predominantly African-American. The crisis that the firings provoked became the most racially divisive moment in the city in more than a century, sparking three teachersa€™ strikes and increasingly angry confrontations between black and white New Yorkers at bargaining tables, on picket lines, and in the streets. This superb book revisits the Ocean Hilla€“Brownsville crisisa€”a watershed in modern New York City race relations. Jerald E. Podair connects the conflict with the sociocultural history of the city and explores its legacy. The book is a powerful, sobering tale of racial misunderstanding and fear, a New York story with national implications./DIV/DIVA product of the New York public schools and Brooklyn College, he became a science teacher after graduation, and quietly worked his way up the ranks, serving as a guidance counselor, department chair, and, for a brief period, assistant principal. ... The union had forced the central Board of Education to raise salaries, improve benefits, and perhaps most important, to treat teachers as professionals, withanbsp;...

Title:The Strike That Changed New York
Author:Jerald E. Podair
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2008-10-01


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