Brokering Servitude: Race and the Construction of Northern Domestic Labor Markets in the 1860s
Sunday November 15, 2015 07:00 PM EST
From the venue:In this Race and Difference Colloquium, historian Andrew Urban discusses evolving attitudes and ideologies emerging in the 1860s about the relationship between race and free labor. Specifically, Dr. Urban explores the efforts of Northern employers to displace the perceived monopoly that Irish immigrant women exercised over labor markets for domestic service. He examines both the initiatives undertaken by various relief agencies during the Civil War to recruit African American freedwomen and children as servants to cities like Boston and New York, and, by the end of the decade, attempts to contract Chinese immigrants from California to a similar end.