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A long hard journey : the story of the pullman porter
by Patricia and Frederick [sic] McKissack.
New York : Walker, 1989.
xiii, 144 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.


Includes index.
Bibliography: p. 137-138.
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.

Best Books:

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

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

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

Curriculum Tools:

Link to Coretta Scott King curricular resources at

Reading Measurement Programs:

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

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 8
Title Point Value 7
Lexile Measure 1050


Illustrated with exceptional photographs, this deals with the struggle of African-Americans for jobs and union recognition.

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.


Walker's American history series for young people


Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters--History--Juvenile literature.
Pullman Company--History--Juvenile literature.
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters--History.
Pullman Company--History.
Pullman porters--United States--History--Juvenile literature.
Pullman porters--History.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) HD8039.R37 U46 1989
89009139 331.88/1138522/0973
0802768849 : $17.95
0802768857 (lib. bdg.)
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