Red Caps and Pullman Porters
This is a topical collection of items relating to red caps and Pullman porters, positions associated with train travel during the 20th century.
Teachers and students might use this collection to explore how these jobs reinforced the social status of African-Americans while at the same time ensuring steady, reliable work and the rise of an African-American middle class. They also might consider the impact of A. Philip Randolph and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. How did the development of this labor union later impact the Civil Rights movement?
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