We are going to participate in a close read today as we learn more about the a job that was available during the Great Depression, being a Red Cap Porter.
Being a Red Cap like Mr. Lewis or a Pullman Porter like Mr. Sleet were some of the only jobs available to African Americans during the depression.
Article 1 Questions:
What is a Red Cap or Porter? What was their job?
Why did highly educated men become Red Caps?
What jobs did Red Caps have before the Depression?
What was the "Crash of 1929" and why did it make jobs vanish?
Article 2 Questions:
What do you think it means in paragraph 2 when it said, "The white man who works as a porter can do nothing else, as a rule; the African American almost invariably can do something else but can't get it to do."?
How much money did Red Caps make? Do you think this was a good wage?
Do you think it was fair that the Railroad did not consider them employees, did not pay them but they could fire them and give them chores to do?
What was the International Brotherhood of Red Caps? How did try to help the Red Caps?