Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the

Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal In a feat of remarkable research and timely reclamation, Eric K Washington uncovers the nearly forgotten life of James H Williams , 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 Jacqueline Onassis, one of the great heroes of Grand Central s storied past

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10 thoughts on “Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

  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 Terminal.Becoming a Red Cap was one of the few jobs available to African American males and some took the job to earn mon

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    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading sitting in front of the a c 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 doA When it is hot as heck outsid

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    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 porters who helped train passengers navigate through the labyrinthine arteries of the Beaux Arts Grand Central station Williams served as the Chief Attendant from 1908 until his death in 1948 The book can read a little slow and dry at times, but it does a good job of high Boss of The G

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    Good story

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    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 Station His family history is one from slavery to freedom His father, John Wesley Williams, used the Underground RR to escape to NYC He worked hard in the hotel business Like many Black men in his era, James Williams could not secure solid education, but wor Boss of the Grips The Life of James

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    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 beeninterested 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 Professor Charles Negy, who has a book out, one that to me that smacks of Afri This will be a somewhat odd review, written in

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    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 Chief Williams is an African American community h

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    I ve been trying to readnon 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.

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    This book and its subject seemed fascinating The introduction was engaging, but went downhill quickly 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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