Giveaway alert! We’re offering a free ebook copy of  Sex Workers, Psychics and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy by LaShawn Harris during October. During the 20th century, a diverse group of African American women carved out a unique niche for themselves in New York’s informal economy. Harris argues that the underground economy catalyzed working-class black women’s creation of the employment opportunities, occupational identities, and survival strategies that provided them with financial stability and a sense of labor autonomy and mobility. At the same time, urban black women strove for economic and social prospects and pleasures, and in the process experienced the conspicuous and hidden dangers associated with newfound labor opportunities.

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