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Thursday, March 03, 2005
 

Job discrimination in Philadelphia: historical perspective


Purely serendipitously, I come across a useful-looking article, "No Irish Need Apply": A Myth of Victimization by Richard Jensen, which finds that, though Irish Catholic immigrants to the US were discriminated against in employment in the period from the Famine to the start of the American Civil War, this was supplanted by the myth of the title.

I was interested in a table 1930 Index of Job Segregation, Philadelphia:

White, US born parents

0

Black

62

Italian

60

Jewish

57

Polish

55

German

33

Irish

29

British

25



Now, I dare say it would be wrong to take segregation as a measure of discrimination - a Jew appointed CEO of a Jewish-owned bank might be accounted segregated in these numbers, for aught I know - but struck me as noteworthy that the number for Negroes is not out of line with that for some white ethnics. Artefact or not?


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