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Portrait of a young African American woman. Taken in 1899. So many of the pictures of African Americans from this era are in the context of sharecropping etc. It appears that this woman, and her family may have done better than what was typical for African Americans of this time.
Women in the War Industry Amanda Smith, an African-American woman employed in the Long Beach Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Between 1940 and 1944, approximately one million civilian African Americans entered the labor force; 600,000 of them were female. The proportion of black women in industrial occupations almost tripled during the war, rising from 6.5 to 18 percent. Los Angeles-area aircraft plants were among the first to offer them employment. American US history photography