Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9¼
978-0-8476-9191-3 • Hardback • January 2001 • $29.95 • (£22.99)
Lee Brown is presently retired and living in San Francisco, where he continues to be active in struggles for housing, jobs, health care, and senior citizens' issues.
Robert L. Allen, a sociologist and historian, teaches African American and ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is senior editor of The Black Scholar journal, and author of several books on the African American experience.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 Prologue: February 15, 1957
Chapter 4 Childhood
Chapter 5 On My Own
Chapter 6 Working in Los Angeles
Chapter 7 Black Workers on the New Oleans Waterfront
Chapter 8 New Orleans and Local 207
Chapter 9 Organizer at Work
Chapter 10 Fighting Southern Injustice
Chapter 11 On the Road for the Union
Chapter 12 Andrew Steve Nelson's Trial
Chapter 13 The Government Comes After Me
Chapter 14 The Trial of Lee Brown
Indispensable for anyone trying to understand the realities of life in the United States. This is a very moving account of a militant African-American man in the 20th century. It illuminates the defeats and victories of the labor movement, North and South, with clear honesty.
— Herbert Aptheker, author of A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States
Lee Brown's compelling story urges us to imagine a radically different history of the twentieth century United States, a history forged by a persistent and courageous defense of workers' rights and by an indefatigable advocacy of racial equality. In his powerful and unpretentious way, Brown shows us a life whose meaning resides in an unrelenting faith in the ability of working people to fight for a better world. As veteran, witness, and chronicler, he addresses new generations of activists—those who speak out today against global capitalism, racism, patriarchy, and homophobia—and offer them a firm place on his shoulders.
— Angela Y. Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz; author of Blues Legend and Black Feminism
Fully represents the history of African American workers and activists in the twentieth century, the transformation of our presence from a rural to an urban one, and the impact the industrial revolution, the trade union movement, World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement have had on the way we live and we work. This book is especially important because we have so few worker biographies, so few life stories of 'the people' that Lee Brown has always been ready to represent. It is important to see history from this prism, to view our nation's evolution through the life of a man whose voice, strong and authentic, is amplified through this powerful, absorbing and detail-rich autobiography.
— Julianne Malveaux, from the Foreword
A stirring account.