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Murder on the Kansas City Special? Pullman Porters, Emotions, and the Strange Case of J. H. Wilkins

Pearce, Rosemary

Authors

Rosemary Pearce



Abstract

J. H. Wilkins, an African American railroad porter for the Pullman Company, was killed while on duty in April 1930. How he met his death has never been fully determined, but the Pullman Company’s investigation file exposes the dangerous and racialised emotional terrain that porters navigated daily on their journeys across the US. By examining Wilkins’ death, and the work of Pullman porters more broadly, this article makes the case that white control of black emotions in occupational and public spaces was a significant characteristic of the Jim Crow era, and demands further scholarly attention.

Citation

Pearce, R. (2018). Murder on the Kansas City Special? Pullman Porters, Emotions, and the Strange Case of J. H. Wilkins. Journal of American Studies, 53(3), 683-702. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0021875818000476

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 15, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 5, 2018
Publication Date Jul 5, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 5, 2018
Journal Journal of American Studies
Print ISSN 0021-8758
Electronic ISSN 1469-5154
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 3
Pages 683-702
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s0021875818000476
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50680
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-american-studies/article/murder-on-the-kansas-city-special-pullman-porters-emotions-and-the-strange-case-of-j-h-wilkins/75FF2C1E6233A75EC42DF4D51DF7FC77
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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