AFAM 101 4-1-08 Notes

AFAM 101 4-1-08 Notes - Condition of "Free" Blacks in the...

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Condition of “Free” Blacks in the North Toquville came over from Europe to examine the American prison system. He also noticed a separation of the races and how blacks had rights in the North but not what you would think. “The prejudice of race seems to be strong in those states that have abolished slavery” but maybe even stronger than those that never had slavery to begin with. He was confused by this. There was such a great separation in race from where they sat in churches (opposite sides) to be serving last during Communion, separate seats on buses, separate schools, etc. However, this was oppression, not slavery. They were not owned by anyone or told how to live, but they were significantly degraded in almost every aspect of everyday life. A. Housing ~ for most blacks, housing was segregated and substandard/inferior. Blacks were confined to desperately poor areas of town with often disparaging names. Charles Dickens wrote a book like Toquvilles and talked a lot about living conditions of blacks in New York City. He mentions deplorable condition including rodents living on the floors of black people’s homes. B. Employment ~ the norm consisted of blacks being confined to positions of unskilled labor an servants. This is not particularly surprising. 87% of blacks held these types of jobs. In the 1830s, blacks
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course AFAM 101 taught by Professor Mcmillan during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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AFAM 101 4-1-08 Notes - Condition of "Free" Blacks in the...

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