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By Rick Halpern. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1997. 309 pp. $17.95 paper, $44.95 cloth.
Rick Halpern and Roger Horowitz worked together on the United Packinghouse Workers Oral History Project, and they came out of it as colleagues and friends. The results, in addition to the oral histories, are two superb books about the same union which complement each other. Indeed, reading Horowitz's Negro and White, Unite and Fight! should in no way lessen the need or desire to read Down on the Killing Floor.
Halpern focuses on the building of interracial unity in the Chicago meatpacking industry, demonstrating that in the 1930s unionists understood …