Analysis Of George Reid Andrews Black Workers In The Export Years: Latin America

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In George Reid Andrew’s journal entry entitled “Black Workers in the Export Years: Latin America,” Andrews poses the challenging question, “What were the impacts of the export years on racial dynamics and “racial orders” in Latin America?” Andrew replies with a complex answer: why owning land, racializing labor migrations, and unionizing ethnics groups produced a vast amount of racial conflict and provided space for negotiation in the workforce of multiracial Latin American regions. Andrews starts his claim stating the crucial relevance of owning an efficient amount of land to grow crops during the time period of the late 1800’s in Latin America. Andrews confesses, “Rural workers who hold sufficient amount land to feed themselves and their …show more content…

It offers a wealth of data and perceptive throughout. It’s well researched with attention-grabbing facts and observations. Andrews covers the last two centuries and examines the evolution of slaves organizing themselves to obtain better conditions and, ultimately, their freedom. This is significant because it relates to the compelling evidence of how skin color impacted societal standards and barriers. The processes of race-color identification and its impact upon cultural identity are …show more content…

He enlists in detail how racial discrimination in the Latin American workforce during the export boom allowed white Europeans to come to the America’s and obtain better jobs than the natives of the region. The goal was to push out the Latin American workers and pull in pure bred white Europeans. Even for the lower paid jobs, employers preferred white workers over colored workers due to this crude, unworthy stigma that was perceived through the former slave revolts. Society developed stereotypes that depicted Afro-Latin Americans as lazy and uneducated and white Europeans has diligent, more educated beings. This led to a racialized employee preference in the workforce. Some countries were so against bringing more colored people to their region that they even tried banning the immigration of blacks from western Asian

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