Segregation, Racial Violence, and Black Workers


in Black Workers Remember

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520217744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928060 | DOI:
Segregation, Racial Violence, and Black Workers

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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

Chapter.  11979 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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