The Primitive Becoming More and More Dominant

in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226653631
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226653662 | DOI:
The Primitive Becoming More and More Dominant

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This chapter examines the experiences of social workers with immigrants and Negroes in Boston. It discusses a story of a caseworker who described a primitive Negro as becoming more and more dominant. This chapter explains that race was the overpowering barrier in Boston and that while local caseworkers considered immigrants and poorer white Americans as having good potential, they categorized African Americans as entirely irredeemable. It also mentions that cases involving African American clients were relatively rare in Boston during the 1920s and 1930s.

Keywords: immigrants; Negroes; social workers; race; Boston; African Americans

Chapter.  1604 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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