Covering for the Bosses: Labor and the Southern Press by Joseph B. Atkins

By Joseph B. Atkins

Masking for the Bosses: hard work and the Southern Press probes the tricky dating among the clicking and arranged hard work within the South from the prior to the current day. Written through a veteran journalist and first-hand observer of the exertions move and its remedy within the region's newspapers and different media, the textual content makes a speciality of the fashionable South that has advanced on account that global battle II. In accumulating fabrics for this ebook, Joseph B. Atkins crisscrossed the quarter, interviewing employees, managers, hard work organizers, immigrants, activists, and newshounds, and canvassing exertions information. utilizing person occasions to bare the extensive photo, masking for the Bosses is a private trip by means of a fabric people son who grew up in North Carolina, labored on tobacco farms and in fabric crops as a tender guy, and went directly to hide as a reporter a number of the advancements defined during this publication. Atkins information the autumn of the once-dominant cloth and the region's emergence because the "Sunbelt South." He explores the arrival of "Detroit South" with the coming of international automakers from Japan, Germany, and South Korea. and at last he relates the consequences of the inflow of thousands of employees from Mexico and in other places. protecting for the Bosses indicates how, with few exceptions, the click has been a key associate within the robust alliance of commercial and political pursuits that hold the South the nation's least-unionized sector. Joseph B. Atkins is a broadly released journalist, professor of journalism on the college of Mississippi, and editor of The project: Journalism, Ethics, and the area. Stanley Aronowitz is professor of sociology and cultural reviews on the Graduate middle of the town collage of recent York. he's the writer, such a lot lately, of Left flip: Forging a brand new Political destiny; the data manufacturing facility; and the way type Works.

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It’s incredible but it’s true that I will sit in the office of a large chemical company somewhere in Germany and the guy will tell me with a straight face the trouble with American employers is that they are antiunion and that they don’t understand their social responsibilities. ’”44 The flight toward low-wage, compliant, unorganized workers is a global phenomenon. The South has seen this in the emigration of its textile industry and the immigration of foreign automakers. At the aforementioned 2003 conference on labor and the Southern press, the journalist Takehiko Nomura noted that thousands of Japanese companies have shipped their factories to low-wage China in recent years.

34 The Appalachian writer Harry M. Caudill said the press was simply a part of the power structure. ”35 The typical attitude can be heard in the words of Fred Moore, editor of the Honea Path Chronicle in Honea Path, South Carolina, from 1945 to 1981. Asked by the New York Times writer Peter Applebome about the tragic deaths of seven striking millworkers in his town in 1934, Moore boasted of never mentioning the strike once in his newspaper. ”36 As John Egerton has noted, Southern publishers and editors by nature tended to identify with the ruling oligarchy—whether in the coal fields of Kentucky, the cotton fields of Mississippi, or the cotton mills of the Carolinas.

They’ll take him by the hand, lead him through the land Then the merchant he’s the man that gets it all. Balladeers like Carson were the poets of the early labor movement in the South, filling the same kind of role that the legendary songwriting 28 Labor in the Old New South organizer Joe Hill did for the IWW. The textile strikes of 1929 and 1934 would also produce poetry and songs like “We Shall Overcome”—later to become the anthem of the civil rights movement—as well as a singing martyr, Ella Mae Wiggins.

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