By Paul R.D. Lawrie

“How does it think to be a problem?” requested W.E.B. DuBois within the Souls of Black people. for plenty of thinkers around the colour line, the “Negro challenge” was once inextricably associated with the concurrent “labor problem,” occasioning debates concerning blacks’ position within the nation’s business previous, current and destiny. With blacks free of the possible protecting embody of slavery, many felt that the ostensibly primitive Negro used to be doomed to run out within the face of unbridled commercial development. but efforts to handle the so-called “Negro challenge” at all times ended in questions concerning the dating among race, and hard work writ huge. as a result, a suite of thinkers around the typical and social sciences constructed a brand new tradition of racial administration, linking race and hard work to paint and the physique. Evolutionary conception and business administration mixed to spot yes peoples with sure different types of paintings and reconfigured the tale of races into one in every of improvement and decline, potency and inefficiency, and the skinny line among civilization and savagery.
Forging a Laboring Race charts the historical past of an idea—race management—building on fresh paintings in African American, hard work, and incapacity historical past to research how principles of race, paintings, and the “fit” or “unfit” physique proficient the political financial system of early twentieth-century business the US. Forging a Laboring Race foregrounds the operating black physique as either a class of research and lived experience. 

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