A major obstacle to solidarity between workers has been and remains racial discrimination. Racism is so deeply embedded in our society that many students experience it as part of human nature. It’s a Mystery probes some of the social factors that contributed to racial hostility in the 1920s.
One focus of this lesson is to explore why unions participated in discriminatory practices. Unions are not only vehicles through which workers attempt to better themselves and their society, they can also embody elements of the society that their members have a stake in changing.
The Power In Our Hands—Available for Download
This is one of the 16 lessons available from The Power In Our Hands. Other lessons available for individual download are:
Unit I: Basic Understandings
Unit II: Changes in the Workplace/”Scientific Management”
- Paper Airplane Simulation
- Free to Think, Talk, Listen, or Sing
- Modern Times
- “Taylorizing” Burgers: A Fantasy
Unit III: Defeats, Victories, Challenges
Unit IV: Our Own Recent Past
- It’s a Mystery—White Workers Against Black Workers
- Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union: Black and White Unite?
- 1934 West Coast Longshore Strike
- Union Maids
Unit V: Continuing Struggle
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