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Forging a Laboring Race: The African American Worker in the Progressive Imagination

Paul R.D. Lawrie


Forging a Laboring Race charts the history of an idea –the black working body in the progressive imagination race management- to analyze how ideas of race, work, and the ‘fit’ or ‘unfit’ body informed the development of industrial capitalisms and the modern American state. Drawing on recent work in African-American, Labor and Disability history this book charts the development of these new ‘bodies of knowledge’ from turn of the century actuarial science which defined African Americans as a degenerate and dying race through the standardized mental and physical testing developed by the U.S. army ... More

Keywords: African American, labor, management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479857326
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479857326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul R.D. Lawrie, author
University of Winnipeg