Episode 26: LaShawn Harris on Black Women and the Informal Economy

LaShawn Harris discusses how black women in the early twentieth century engaged in the informal economy – performing work that wasn’t entirely legal – to get by and get ahead.

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LaShawn Harris is Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University. She is the author of Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground EconomyRead more about her work here.


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