Books: Non-Fiction

A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter

Book - Non-fiction. By Patricia and Fredrick McKissack. 1995. A true story of the history of this powerful union effort by the African American porters.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Labor, Organizing

More than just the story of the Pullman porters, this volume recounts the saga of Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first major Black labor union to be admitted to the AFL.

Organized by A. Philip Randolph just after the Civil War, the union brought together many people who had recently been freed from slavery. They were hired by George Pullman to pamper the passengers in his sleeping cars. Seasoned with poetry, song, black-and-white historical photographs and the personal reminiscences of porters and their wives, the text is full and engaging. It offers an excellent introduction to labor history. A Long Hard Journey won the 1990 Coretta Scott King Award. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780802768841 | Published by Walker & Company | Out of print.