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dc.contributor.author Estes, Steve en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-07T20:17:53Z en
dc.date.available 2011-09-07T20:17:53Z en
dc.date.issued 2000 en
dc.identifier.citation Estes, Steve. "I Am a Man!': Race, Masculinity, and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike." Labor History 41.2 (2000): 153-170. en
dc.identifier.issn 0023656X en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.1/897 en
dc.description Published by and copyright by Taylor & Francis Group en
dc.description.abstract On March 28, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. directed a march of thousands of African-American protesters down Beale Street, one of the major commercial thoroughfares in Memphis, Tennessee. King's plane had landed late that morning, and the crowd was already on the verge of conflict with the police when he and other members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) took their places at the head of the march. The marchers were demonstrating their support for 1300 striking sanitation workers, many of whom wore placards that proclaimed, "I Am a Man." As the throng advanced down Beale Street, some of the younger strike supporters ripped the protest signs off the the wooden sticks that they carried. These young men, none of whom were sanitation workers, used the sticks to smash glass storefronts on both sides of the street. Looting led to violent police retaliation. Troopers lobbed tear gas into groups of protesters and sprayed mace at demonstrators unlucky enough to be in range. High above the fray in City Hall, Mayor Henry Loeb sat in his office, confident that the strike was illegal, and that law and order would be maintained in Memphis. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Labor History en
dc.subject strikes, arbitration, and mediation en
dc.subject strikes, United States en
dc.subject collective bargaining en
dc.subject race issues en
dc.title "I Am a Man!": Race, Masculinity, 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike en
dc.type Article en
dc.relation.journal Labor History en
dc.contributor.sonomaauthor Estes, Steve en

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