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Gateway to EqualityBlack Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis$
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Keona K. Ervin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168838

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168838.001.0001

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“We Strike and Win”

“We Strike and Win”

Food Factory Workers and Labor Radicalism

(p.23) 1 “We Strike and Win”
Gateway to Equality

Keona K. Ervin

University Press of Kentucky

In the Funsten Nut Strike of 1933, nut shellers shut down production to protest poor working conditions and wage cuts. A group of black working-class women positioned themselves at the center of Depression-era politics through the highly publicized, Communist-organized strike against the Funsten Nut Company. Among the most influential labor battles of its era, the strike carved out a space for black women workers in the growing and increasingly powerful radical labor movement, marking the development of that movement in St. Louis.

Keywords:   Black working-class women, Communist Party, Nut shellers/pickers, Funsten Nut Company, labor and working-class radicalism, Unemployed rights movement

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