Race, Class, Gender, And Place As Factors For Perpetuated Division

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Race, Class, Gender, and Place as Factors for Perpetuated Division
In the early 19th century, the industrial revolution in America began. Accordingly, industrial revolution referred to the shift from hand and home production of products to the use of factories and machines. During these times, there were many job openings. Correspondingly, many people irrespective of their race were working in different areas in the factories. In particular, white men, who were below the middle-class level, were given jobs that they could earn a wage or salary. Conversely, black men continued to operate as slaves. Notably, the term “wage slavery” was used to describe what the white men were doing.
However, at the end of the day, both groups were slaving to be paid. For this reason, the whites required an explicit distinction between them and the black people that proved that they were not close or in any way similar to the blacks. (Larson 26). For this reason, they needed assurance that no matter their level in the society or class, they would be considered as whites. Indeed, this distinction of whiteness amplified the divisions brought on by race, gender, class, and place.
Development of Race
David Roediger is the author of Wages of Whiteness, which is a book that borrowed its idea from Black Reconstruction. In his text, Roediger openly challenges the Marxist theory that the problem of race is a nation that can be attributed to class antagonisms. In addition, the author proves that the…

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