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Boss of the Grips

How the enterprising son of freed slaves successfully navigated the segregated world of the northern metropolis and in so doing ultimately achieved financial and social influence With this biography Williams must now be considered along with Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jacueline Onassis one of the great heroes of Grand Central’s storied pa. Chief Williams is an African American community hero His parents were born into slavery and escaped this evil past and moved to NY Chief Williams Red Cap Department employed a higher percentage of college men than any other department in Grand Centraol Station Blacks could only work as Red Caps or Porters in Grand Central Station He gave a helping hand to young men striving to improve their lives through hard work Helped men earn a living to care for their families Earn a living to attend college medical school law school etc He Started numerous Red Cap Sport teams and bandsThe African American community and others need to learn about the true history of our many every day HEROES

Summary Boss of the Grips

Eveals that despite the highly racialized and often exploitative nature of the work the Red Cap was a highly coveted job for college bound black men determined to join New York’s bourgeoning middle class Examining the deeply intertwined subjects of class labor and African American history Washington chronicles Williams’s life showing. Good story

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In a feat of remarkable research and timely reclamation Eric K Washington uncovers the nearly forgotten life of James H Williams 1878–1948 the chief porter of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps a multitude of Harlem based black men whom he organized into the essential labor force of America’s most august railroad station Washington r. When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading sitting in front of the ac as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess it is the perfect day for a speed reader Yes it is hot and humid in Canada I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews I let them do it as they do it better than I do A long overdue biography of the head of Grand Central Terminal s Red Caps who flourished in the cultural nexus of Harlem and American railroads In a feat of remarkable research and timely reclamation Eric K Washington uncovers the nearly forgotten life of James H Williams 1878 1948 the chief porter of Grand Central Terminal s Red Caps a multitude of Harlem based black men whom he organized into the essential labour force of America s most august railroad stationWashington reveals that despite the highly racialized and often exploitative nature of the work the Red Cap was a highly coveted job for college bound black men determined to join New York s burgeoning middle class Examining the deeply intertwined subjects of class labour and African American history Washington chronicles Williams s life showing how the enterprising son of freed slaves successfully navigated the segregated world of the northern metropolis and in so doing ultimately achieve financial and social influenceWith this biography Williams must now be considered along with Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jacueline Onassis one of the great heroes of Grand Central s storied pastAbout the Author Eric K Washington is an independent historian who has held fellowships at Columbia University and the CUNY Leon Levy Center for Biography as well as the MFAH Dora Maar House in M nerbes Franceokay we get it you are smartThis was an interesting read that harkened back to the days of Civil Rights or lack thereof in days when people travelled by train Grand Central TerminalGCT is now of a commuter rail station for those millions of people who cannot afford to live in Manhattan I imagine that most major train stations of the past worldwide are now that way as well I know that Union Station in Toronto is that way The story of the Red Caps and their lives and travails was an interesting read I love GCT and people watching whilst inside is FASCINATING just ask any readerswatchers of Gossip Girl of Girl on the Train as is its history as told in this book This is a great read for lovers of NYC and anyone interested in race related history I just wish that it was kindle friendly as those books are affordable to casual readers like myself who don t want to spend 25USD33CAD on a book As always I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis outside of their incessant use by Social Influencer Millennials on Instagram and Twitter so let s give it


About the Author: Eric K. Washington

Eric K Washington is a New York City based independent historian His most recent book Boss of the Grips The Life of James H Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal LiverightWW Norton a biography of a once influential Harlem based labor figure of the American railroad The book was a Winner of the Herbert H Lehman Prize and a Finalist for the Brendan Gill Prize It was also



10 thoughts on “Boss of the Grips

  1. says:

    Let me start by saying that this really isn't a biography of James Williams but rather an overall look at NYC during the time period of 1920 50s Although Mr Williams appears throughout the book the author concentrates on social issues of the times and the lives of the Red Caps those ever present gentlemen who were an integral part of train travel through Grand Central TerminalBecoming a Red Cap was one of the

  2. says:

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading sitting in front of the ac as everything else makes you end up a swe

  3. says:

    “Boss of The Grips” tells of the life and times of James H Williams who was the Chief Attendant of the Red Caps at the Grand Central Terminal in New York The Red Caps were a group of most often Harlem based bla

  4. says:

    Good story

  5. says:

    Boss of the Grips The Life of James H Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal by Eric K Washington is a different book t

  6. says:

    This will be a somewhat odd review written in the midst of worldwide protests about police brutality and racism I struggled w this book having been interested in New York City history than the history of this particular individual and his family I finished it however It was written w scrupulous detail and in a nice readable tone It stuck with me somehow Today I found myself tweeting about it to a certain Profe

  7. says:

    Chief Williams is an African American community hero His parents were born into slavery and escaped this evil past and moved to NY Chief Willi

  8. says:

    A part of NYC transportation history I was not at all familiar with Definitely wish I'd had it when I was working on my own train history book project Around the turn of the century nearly all of the Red Cap por

  9. says:

    I've been trying to read non fiction and this biography was gripping pun intended It's a feel good work because of all James H Williams rose above He also helped a number of others along the way The book is about something that we as travelers take for granted This book sheds new light on Red Caps and others in the service industries I highly recommend this piece of history

  10. says:

    This book and its subject seemed fascinating The introduction was engaging but went downhill uickly Some of the historical events about New York were interesting but not new in light of the Black experience in America I thought the book was boring overall I'll never get the time back

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