Cousin gives peek at 1920 Census

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We're trying to get as much in before my Ancestry.com subscription runs out, but what I can see is a change in Black women's work. Yay washing machines, or boo for technology putting women out of a job. Whereas in 1900 and 1910 married Black women in the TC area were laundresses, in 1920 they are at home and unemployed. One theory I've read, is that African American husbands reported their wives as being at home, as a matter of pride and would underreport their wives' outside employment. When almost every Afro-American wife I see in this small sample has no employment listed, I'm going to go with the theory that they did not have any major income producing employment and that the washing machine and 20s fashions reduced those employment opportunities. Not that there aren't any laundresses. Those jobs, in the sample which covers N St and O Streets (whites were on NJ Ave, NY Ave and Morgan St), are held by a few widows, sisters and 3 married women who lived with their husbands.

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