The New Politics; And Other Papers

The New Politics; And Other Papers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...employment of white women, presumably from the up-country, as chambermaids in hotels--even, in one instance, in a hotel where the other servants are colored. It was left, however, for New Orleans, the largest of all distinctively Southern cities, to exhibit the general change more variously and convincingly than any other. The population of New Orleans is peculiarly good material for the study of race relationships. The mixture, not of races merely, but of customs and standards, of traditions and ideals, is extraordinary. Yet it does not require a long observation of the present situation there to make one feel sure that the African has lost ground relatively to all the rest. It is possible now to live in New Orleans as free from any dependence on the services of negroes as one could be in New York or Boston. The supply of white domestic servants is, no doubt, still scant. But white cooks and waiters are not very hard to find; and white barbers and hairdressers, white carpenters and joiners and masons and blacksmiths and shoemakers, and the like, are at hand in sufficient numbers. Bricklaying is by a competent authority declared to be the only trade which the negroes still control. The contrast in these occupations with the very recent past is fairly startling. In 1870, the city directory showed a total of 3460 negroes at work as carpenters, cigarmakers, painters, clerks, shoemakers, coopers, tailors, bakers, and blacksmiths and foundry hands. There are not to-day ten per cent of that number of negroes employed in the same trades, several of which have been completely lost to the whites. Yet, meanwhile, the negro population of New Orleans has increased by more than fifty per cent, --a greater gain than the white population shows. The mass of more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123649282X
  • 9781236492821