by Horace Cooper
Capital Research Center
July 02, 2014
Labor Watch
Most Americans take for granted that the minimum wage and the 40-hour work week came about as a result of an effort in the early 20th Century to improve the lives of working Americans. This is not the case. In fact, these measures were rooted in the racism of the era and were part of an effort to benefit white workers at the expense of black tradesmen. The policies helped create persistent high unemployment among blacks and shed a light on the real motivations of so-called Progressives.

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