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Black Labor and the American Legal System
Race, Work, and the Law
Herbert Hill

"Herbert Hill's book is an important and original study essential to an understanding of the complex problems of work and race in the United States."—Gunnar Myrdal, Nobel Laureate and author of The American Dilemma

Covering the period from the abolition of slavery through the events that preceded and affected the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Black Labor and the American Legal System examines the major legislative and legal developments relating to the employment discrimination. The historical consequences of the racial practices of employers and organized labor, as well as of the federal government, are analyzed within the context of law and social change. The evolution of federal labor policy is traced through key decisions of the National Labor Relations Board and the courts as they have interpreted the application of labor law to racial discrimination.

Herbert Hill is Professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies and in the Industrial Relations Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Widely recognized as a leading authority on race and labor, he served for many years as National Labor Director of the NAACP. He has taught and lectured at many universities in the United States, England, and Continental Europe, has served as special consultant to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, has frequently testified before congressional committees and government agencies, and has served as consultant to many public and private organizations concerning discrimination in employment. Over a period of many years, he has given testimony in federal court cases involving complex civil rights litigation. Professor Hill has written and edited several other books and he is the author of numerous articles in professional journals and general interest publications.

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December 1985
LC: 85-040762 KF
455 pp. 6 x 9

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