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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 deeply 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.
- Moderator Patricia Bosworth, Vanity Fair Contributing Editor and author of eight biographies including the upcoming Protest Song, the story of Paul Robeson vs. J. Edgar Hoover.
- Sylvia Jukes Morris, who was married to Morris for over 50 years, and is the author of the two-volume biography, Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth and Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Booth Luce.
- Robert Loomis, renowned Random House Editor who edited all of Morris’s books and whose stable of authors include Maya Angelou, William Styron, Shelby Foote, and Stacy Schiff.
- Leonard de Graaf, Head Archivist at the Thomas Edison National Park, and author of Edison and the Rise of Innovation.
- Sylvia Nasar was an economics correspondent for the New York Times and held the Knight professorship at the Columbia Journalism School. She is the author of A Beautiful Mind and Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius. She is currently working on Fellow Countrymen about six men and women in the West who colluded with the Soviets in the 1930s and 1940s.