Industrial Segregation

Author(s): Walter Greason, David Goldberg

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2018

Pages: 208


Details: Print Product |

“How, specifically, did Europe underdevelop Africa?”

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me”

“How do we ever expect to constitute a vibrant society?”

  • Cornel West, “Race Matters”

“Why are racial structures reproduced in the first place?”

  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, “Racism without Racists”

“Can [men] remain real if they do not engage in violence?”

  • Patricia Hill Collins, “Black Sexual Politics”

INDUSTRIAL SEGREGATION responds to a multitude of similar questions by applying intersectional analyses to understand race in the twentieth century as specific form of ideological technology. To wit, race in the last century differed from the same idea in the nineteenth century or the eighteenth century. Focusing on the events and voices between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement, David Goldberg and Walter Greason show readers the economic, political, social, and cultural foundations of white supremacy as products of an emerging industrial order. From the regimentation of the plantation in the early nineteenth century through the rigidity of commodity and financial markets at the start of the Cold War, INDUSTRIAL SEGREGATION shows multiple ways that orthodoxies of racial judgement and free market economics continuously intersected fueling networks of entrenched inequality for a century.

Goldberg and Greason present a powerful, innovative teaching tool that will inspire teachers and students in pursuit of human dignity and social justice.


Acknowledgments- Walter Greason

Acknowledgments- David Goldberg

Section 1- Industrial Slavery

Section 2- Systemic Segregation

Section 3- Economic Imperatives

Section 4- Futures of Housing and Labor



Section 1- Industrial Slavery

Primary Sources
Plan of the City and Suburbs of New Orleans
Philadelphia 100 years ago
Graphic Chart of the City and County of San Francisco
Rascher’s Birds Eye View of Chicago Packing House & Union Stock Yards
Bird’s-Eye View of the Business District of Chicago
Secondary Sources
Christine Rider, “Early U.S. Industrialization: A Pre-Industrial Divide?
Blair Kelley, “Antebellum Roots of Segregation and Dissent”
Gavin Wright, “The Origins of American Industrial Success, 1879–1940”

Section 2- Systemic Segregation

Primary Sources
The Execution of Gordon, the Slave-Trader
The Patenburg Labor Massacre
Harper’s Weekly, February 21, 1862, “The Execution of Gordon, The Slave Trader”
Harper’s Weekly, October 12, 1872, “The Patenburg Massacre”
William H. Councill, “The Negro Laborer: A Word to Him”
Secondary Sources
Tera Hunter, “Washing Amazons and Organized Protests”
Joe William Trotter, Jr., “African Americans and the Industrial Revolution”
Carl Zimring, “How Do You Make Them So Clean and White?”

Section 3- Economic Imperatives

Primary Sources
Now I’m My Own Boss
New York Times, August 1, 1902, “Why the Negro Waiters Always Say, Yes Sir”
Secondary Sources
Nell Irvin Painter, “Thinking About the Languages of Money and Race: A Response to Michael O’Malley, Specie and Species”
Andrew W. Kahrl, The Political Work of Leisure: Class, Recreation, and African American Commemoration at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 1881–1931”

Section 4- Futures of Housing and Labor

Primary Sources
Save Your Home! Black Population in Selected Cities, 1910–1930
Excerpt from Shelley v. Kraemer, “Shelley v. Kraemer 334 U.S. 1 (1948)”
Emmett Scott, “Migrants’ Letters, 1917”
Secondary Sources
Nell Irvin Painter, “The New Labor History and the Historical Moment”
William K Tabb, “Black Power—Green Power”


Walter Greason

Dr. Greason's research focuses on the comparative, economic analysis of slavery, industrialization, and suburbanization. He serves as the Treasurer for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, which is holding its national conference this year in Cleveland, Ohio, from October 26 through 29, 2017. With a variety of co-editors, Dr. Greason has published Planning Future Cities (2017) - an innovative look at architecture, urbanism, and municipal design - as well as The American Economy  (2016) - a provocative examination of race, property, and wealth in the United States since 1750. His scholarly monograph, Suburban Erasure , won the Best Work of Non-Fiction award from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance in 2014. He also won grants from the Mellon Foundation (2011) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2016).

His recent online resource, the Racial Violence Syllabus, attracted worldwide attention at the peak of the controversy surrounding the "Unite the Right" rally at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Translated into seven languages, it reached more than 4 million direct users and drove the public debate surrounding the removal of Confederate memorials across the United States in venues as varied as National Public Radio, The Atlantic magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

David Goldberg

Dr. David Goldberg specializes in the history of civil rights and urban consumer economies in the Jim Crow North. He currently teaches courses in U.S. history, including seminars on the History of Slavery, African American History, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Dr. Goldberg also offers a course on Race and Empire in the Modern World for the Global Studies Program. His book, The Retreats of Reconstruction: Race, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey Shore, 1865-1920, examines the political meanings of consumption and racial segregation in northern leisure spaces and the struggle for American Americans’ civil rights. Drawing on press accounts, business records, and promotional materials, he argues that the various consumer ideologies that emerged in battles over segregation proved every bit as powerful in limiting the scope of civil rights activism as free labor ideology and white supremacy did.

Additionally, Dr. Goldberg has begun work on a new project, tentatively titled “Making Separate More Equal: The Environmental Origins of Segregation in the Jim Crow North.” 
In particular, he is interested in how the early environmental movement aided the cultural power of Jim Crow and the political and economic interests of segregationists. While civil rights historians often focus on campaigns for citizenship and access to public accommodations, this study would show that local debates over sanitation reform and access to green spaces were just as critical to the formation of northern Jim Crow, as well as to black activists’ expansive conceptualization of freedom during the age of segregation. Because of Missouri’s crucial role in creating and sustaining similar policies during the Jim Crow period, Dr. Goldberg welcomes opportunities from interested students to assist in researching the politics of urban segregation in nearby cities like Kansas City and St. Louis.

Related ISBN's: 9781524950514, 9781524954642




ISBN 9781524950514

Details Print Product