Black Labor and the American Legal System


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Race, Work, and the Law

by Herbert Hill
University of Wisconsin Press

Covering the period from the abolition of slavery through the events that preceded and affected the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Black Labor and the American Legal System examines the major legislative and legal developments relating to the employment discrimination. The historical consequences of the racial practices of employers and organized labor, as well as of the federal government, are analyzed within the context of law and social change. The evolution of federal labor policy is traced through key decisions of the National Labor Relations Board and the courts as they have interpreted the application of labor law to racial discrimination.

“Herbert Hill’s book is an important and original study…essential to an understanding of the complex problems of work and race in the United States.” – Gunnar Myrdal, Nobel Laureate and author of The American Dilemma

“Black Labor describes and analyzes the circumstances that produced the current employment status of blacks….Solidly based on a wealth of legal documentation…it is as well a powerful statement in support of those who argue that the nation must take extraordinary steps to redress the grievous errors of the past in employment and economic development.” – William H. Harris, American Historical Review

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Weight 21.7 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in


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