A long hard journey: the story of the pullman porter /

Author McKissack, Pat,
Language English
New York: Walker, 1989


A chronicle of the first black-controlled union, made up of Pullman porters, who after years of unfair labor practices staged a battle against a corporate giant resulting in a "David and Goliath" ending.

Subjects :

  • History
  • Juvenile literature
  • Pullman porters

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Best Books :

  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Notable Children's Books, 1990 ALSC American Library Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Carter G. Woodson Book Award, 1990 Outstanding Merit Book United States
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award, 1990 Winner United States
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 1990 Winner United States

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:

9780802768841, 0802768849
Walker (New York:) 1989.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 7.9
Accelerated Reader Points 4

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 8
Accelerated Reader Points 7

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Reviews :

Illustrated with exceptional photographs, this deals with the struggle of African-Americans for jobs and union recognition.
(PUBLISHER: Walker (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1989.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1989)
The authors combined in-depth research from primary and secondary sources to provide an uncompromising account of the history of African-Americans who worked as porters aboard George Pullman's luxury sleeping cars. While the first generation of porters were newly freed from slavery and grateful for work, poor working conditions and mistreatment at the hands of management led succeeding generations to unite in a struggle for better pay and fair treatment, under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph. Songs, stories, first-person accounts and numerous black-and-white photographs accompany the narrative which is unique in its content. CCBC Category: History, People And Places. 1989, Walker, 144 pages., $17.95. Age 11 and older.
(PUBLISHER: Walker (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1989.)

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Series :

Walker's American history series for young people

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Walker, 1989

Media Type: Language Material
xiii 144 p.:
HD8039.R37 (331.88/1138522/0973)
Includes index.

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