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Local Politics Discuss No shirts, pants or undies needed for Philly Naked Bike Ride, just a mask at the Political Forums; Originally Posted by saltwn "One challenge the CFL faced was the common importation of Southern African-Americans as strike-breakers, particularly by ...

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"One challenge the CFL faced was the common importation of Southern African-Americans as strike-breakers, particularly by the meatpackers in 1904. Earlier, there were inter-racial unions in Chicago restaurants, hotels and amongst Teamsters. These strikes were
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broken, with African-Americans often losing their jobs or, even as union members, attacked, because of their race and the stereotype that African-Americans were a “scab race.”
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true enough, but the broader picture of the increase in the Black population has to include the fact that after the Civil War (1865) many former slaves left the south and went North to places like Chicago for the work there. It was to make a clean break from the southern life. Not simply the lure of jobs that turned out to be "strike breaking". As the article mentioned there were already blacks living and working in Chicago as well.

I have no clue how much the African American population changed via meat packers job offers, but i wouldn't be surprised if many blacks didn't go north for the work in large numbers. Just like Latinos come north for work now and in the past. And the Chinese came for the railroads and the like.
Work and Big Biz has always been a driver of migration.
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