TO WIN THESE RIGHTS by Lucy Randolph Mason


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Front line in labor's battle ""deep in the heart of Dixie"" -- the banner bearer- a white-haired aristocrat, whose name bespeaks her inheritance from liberty-loving ancestors, a heritage of social responsibility and religious faith. The YWCA and the Consumers' League provided background training for an impossible assignment- to go into the Deep South as public relations representative of the CIO, in 1937 still in its infancy. Violent prejudice and ignorance even in high places, refusal to accept the existence of federal laws protecting human rights -- all this she met, and breeding, intelligence, idealism and faith won against the odds. She got a hearing- where a man would have been thrown out. She went where she was needed, fearlessly; worked with organizers and leaders (and portrays them in almost too glowing colors as chiefly man who were first of all fine citizens, and second great labor leaders). Her story draws the picture of a gradually awakening South, with much still to be won, in human rights, but with immeasurable benefits brought into the area by unionization. Perhaps limited by the individual slant. But a valuable witness.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1952
Publisher: Harper