Making a Living

Darrel E. Bigham

in On Jordan’s Banks

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123660
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134741 | DOI:
Making a Living

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This chapter examines the employment of African Americans living along the Ohio River several years after the end of the civil war. Though the area created new forms of blue- and white-collar employment, the African Americans remained in the same menial labor and service positions that they had held for decades. Nonetheless, a small number of African American men and women created businesses and professions, acquired property, and rose well above their humble roots. There were differences in the employment situation between the north and south of the river. And however slight the differences may have appeared, the futures of north-bank African Americans were more promising than those across the river, except for those living in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Keywords: employment; African Americans; Ohio River; menial labor; service positions; Jefferson County

Chapter.  13386 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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