McKinney, Ernest Rice, 1886-1984

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Born in Malden, West Virginia, in 1886 , McKinney, also known under the pseudonym David Coolidge, was the son of coal miner. At different points in his life McKinney endeavored a variety of jobs which included becoming editor of, This Month; a columnist for the Pittsburgh Courier (1932); Executive Secretary of the Unemployed Citizens' League of Allegheny County (1933); a Social Worker; and Assistant to the Director, Kingsley House. In 1916 an oral history conducted at Columbia University resulted in McKinney writing a 116 page book of memoirs published by Harvard University, The Reminiscences of Ernest Rice McKinney. The memoir deals with the development of the National Unemployed League, depression days; organizing steel workers for CIO, membership in the Workers' Socialist Party; upgrading African Americans in industry; Working Men's Welfare Committees; Workers Party of the United States (Trotskyist Group) and its relationship to Communist and Socialist Parties; and McKinney's resignation from Workers Party.

From the description of Papers of Ernest Rice McKinney, 1929-1942 (bulk 1929-1935, 1942). (University of Pittsburgh). WorldCat record id: 30385139

Labor leader.

From the description of Reminiscences of Ernest Rice McKinney : oral history, 1961. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309734704

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creatorOf McKinney, Ernest Rice, 1886-1984. Oral history interview with Ernest McKinney [sound recording] / interviewed by Howard Fredricks. University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Murphy Library
referencedIn Workers Party and Independent Socialist League Records, 1945-1958 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Conference on Minority Studies (1973). Recordings [sound recording], 1973. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Max Shachtman Papers, 1917-1969 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library.
creatorOf McKinney, Ernest Rice, 1886-1984. Papers of Ernest Rice McKinney, 1929-1942 (bulk 1929-1935, 1942). University of Pittsburgh
referencedIn Independent Socialist League. Independent Socialist League records, 1945-1958. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Jacob Lofman Papers, 1928-1998 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Oral History of the American Left. Radical Histories. Oral histories, 1970-1980. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Kornweibel, Theodore. "No crystal stair: Black life and the Messenger, 1917-1928" interviews, 1970-1972. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Oral History of the American Left: Radical Histories, 1920-1980 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf McKinney, Ernest Rice, 1886-1984. Reminiscences of Ernest Rice McKinney : oral history, 1961. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith Kornweibel, Theodore. person
associatedWith Lofman, Jacob person
associatedWith Manchester Industrial Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People corporateBody
associatedWith Pennsylvania Unemployed League. Allegheny County Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Shachtman, Max, 1903-1972 person
associatedWith Socialist Workers Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Unemployed Citizens' League of Allegheny County. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Conference on Minority Studies (1973). corporateBody
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
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Pittsburgh (Pa.)
United States
Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh
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African Americans--Social conditions
Socialism
Unemployed
Social workers
African American social workers
African American journalists
African Americans--Employment
Socialists
African Americans--Civil rights
Labor unions--Officials and employees
Journalists
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Birth 1886-12-07

Death 1984

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