The Preconditions for Racial Change

Harvard Sitkoff

in Toward Freedom Land

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125831
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135526 | DOI:
The Preconditions for Racial Change

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This chapter discusses one of the interrelated causes of progress in race relations, which is change in the American economy. The effect of economic changes on race relations was particularly marked in the South. Due to the fast industrialization of the South, the dominance of the cotton culture ended, and so the need for a vast underclass of unskilled and subjugated laborers diminished. Most importantly, the changes in the economy radically affected black migration. The disappearance of the cotton culture pushed the blacks off the rural areas and into the cities.

Keywords: industrialization; progress; race relations; American economy; economic changes; cotton culture; black migration

Chapter.  3725 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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