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Black Workers RememberAn Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle$
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Michael Keith Honey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520217744

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520217744.001.0001

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Segregation, Racial Violence, and Black Workers

Segregation, Racial Violence, and Black Workers

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Black Workers Remember


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This chapter discusses the ideas and practices of white supremacy, which did not begin or end in the South, but shaped generations of white folk. Segregation actually began “north of slavery,” where nominally free states imposed systematic exclusion of blacks from better housing, jobs, schools, and very often, from voting, juries or otherwise exercising citizenship rights. Merchants and investors in the North had profited from slavery, and the federal government likewise had supported it almost at every turn. Although Euro-Americans (“whites”) at times supported black struggles for freedom, racism convinced most of them that they were better than blacks.

Keywords:   North of Slavery, white folk, blacks, Euro-Americans, white supremacy, segregation

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