Black artisians 1865

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Racial Discrimination and Occupations in 1865

Did You Know? In South Carolina, a law prohibited the formerly enslaved from holding any occupation other than farmer or servant unless they paid an annual tax of $10 to $100.* This law hit free blacks already living in Charleston and former slave artisans especially hard. Before 1800, free African American men could work in […]

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