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On Jordan’s BanksEmancipation and Its Aftermath in the Ohio River Valley$
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Darrel E. Bigham

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123660.001.0001

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Making a Living

Making a Living

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(p.201) 9 Making a Living
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On Jordan’s Banks
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Darrel E. Bigham

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123660.003.0010

This chapter examines the employment of African Americans living along the Ohio River several years after the end of the civil war. Though the area created new forms of blue- and white-collar employment, the African Americans remained in the same menial labor and service positions that they had held for decades. Nonetheless, a small number of African American men and women created businesses and professions, acquired property, and rose well above their humble roots. There were differences in the employment situation between the north and south of the river. And however slight the differences may have appeared, the futures of north-bank African Americans were more promising than those across the river, except for those living in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Keywords:   employment, African Americans, Ohio River, menial labor, service positions, Jefferson County

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