Walter Rhett

Minimizing the Minimum Wage

In National Affairs on October 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

As a historian and African-American, living in a Southern state that ranks 46th in income, and which uses the federal wage laws for seasonal workers to avoid paying overtime in summer amusement parks, and lays off hospitality cleaning staff in the winters, I want to remind America the last time this was generational full employment was during slavery and “free market” share cropping.

And if the Republicans had been around then with their present ideology, rather legislating freedom, they would have deregulated slavery and share-croping. Think about it!
Image, Source: intermediary roll film
Navy yard machinst, circa 1942. Library of Congress.


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