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Boss of the Grips 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 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 bourgeoning middle class Examining the deeply intertwined subjects of class labor 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 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 past



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


  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 sweaty mess it is the perfect day for a speed reader Yes it is hot and humid in Canad


  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 black baggage porte


  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 than I expected Williams lived from 1878 to 1948 and he was the chief of the Red Caps in Grand Central Statio


  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 famil


  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 Williams’ Red Cap Department employed a higher percentage of college men than any other department in Grand Cen


  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 porters were Black They helped passengers with


  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 grante


  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 neve


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