Race, Labor Market Disadvantage, And Survivalist Entrepreneurship

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Robert L. Boyd is the author of Boyd’s “Race, Labor Market Disadvantage, and Survivalist Entrepreneurship: Black Women in The Great Depression.” Boyd is an associate professor at Mississippi state university where he specializes in sociology, ecology, urban studies, race, human impact, and demography. He presented this article at a sociology conference in Chicago in the summer of 2000. He outlines how black women resorted to entrepreneurship because of the circumstances in the United States Labor Movement in the 1930s. He listed the different occupations that derive from the trainings many black women had since before reconstruction. Boyd goes on to argue that black women who faced joblessness and resource disadvantage were no doubt motivated by their desperate circumstance to become independently employed. He does not do a good job of crediting the responsibility of the black woman as Mae C. King did in”Oppression and Power: The Unique Status of the Black Woman in the American Political System.” King mentioned the social structure of the political system unlike the Boyd. The method Boyd used in this article is loading the article with information that pertains to the topic instead of expounding on why the labor movement motivated black women to work for themselves. He made sure the outlined the different roles that many black women choose to take on as things were not going their way in the Labor Movement. Furthermore, he attributed the roles African-American women…

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