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"Blacks and the Bravest": Black Firefighters in the FDNY

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This paper sketches the history and experiences of Black firefighters in the FDNY from 1940 to the present. It documents the conditions faced by the first generation of firefighters in the FDNY as well as the struggles they waged in conjuntion with Benjamin Davis, Adan Clayton Powell Jr., and the NAACP to thwart attempts to segregate the department and circumscribe Black mobility within the ranks. The formation and activities of the Vulcan Society, a group formed in 1940 to combat discrimination and isolation is also detailed, as is the role the organization played in organizing Black firefighters throughout the region. I conclude by examining how the city and FDNY have side-stepped affirmative action programs despite currently having the least racially representive urban fire department in the nation as well as the impact that 9/11 has had on attempts to confront the FDNY's longstanding legacy of discrimination.

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firefighters, labor, civil rights, urban, affirmative action, integration
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Name: Association for the Study of African American Life and History
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Goldberg, David. ""Blacks and the Bravest": Black Firefighters in the FDNY" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hyatt Regency, Buffalo, New York USA, <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p32402_index.html>

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Goldberg, D. ""Blacks and the Bravest": Black Firefighters in the FDNY" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hyatt Regency, Buffalo, New York USA <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p32402_index.html

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Abstract: This paper sketches the history and experiences of Black firefighters in the FDNY from 1940 to the present. It documents the conditions faced by the first generation of firefighters in the FDNY as well as the struggles they waged in conjuntion with Benjamin Davis, Adan Clayton Powell Jr., and the NAACP to thwart attempts to segregate the department and circumscribe Black mobility within the ranks. The formation and activities of the Vulcan Society, a group formed in 1940 to combat discrimination and isolation is also detailed, as is the role the organization played in organizing Black firefighters throughout the region. I conclude by examining how the city and FDNY have side-stepped affirmative action programs despite currently having the least racially representive urban fire department in the nation as well as the impact that 9/11 has had on attempts to confront the FDNY's longstanding legacy of discrimination.

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