How a former American icon could be replaced with a black shutters
The opening salvo of the civil rights movement was a nationwide movement to have people of color wear the same hats and work uniforms as whites.
But with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, people of colour were no longer expected to work in the same jobs as whites, but rather were expected to wear black shutts and wear white shirts.
The first American-made shutters were introduced in the mid-1940s, which were worn by black and white workers alike.
They were made of woven nylon and were designed to be breathable and water repellent, making them perfect for cold weather.
But because they were so comfortable, many of the manufacturers began to manufacture shutters that were actually too bulky for use in the fields.
In the 1950s, black shutter manufacturer Norman plantation shuttered its doors.
The company made shutters for black farmers, but black workers were no better off than white workers, according to historian Linda Baughman.
Norman plantation closed in 1977. “
The fact that the white workers who made the shutters had their livelihoods cut off and that they had to buy them was a devastating blow to them,” she continued.
Norman plantation closed in 1977.
By that time, shutters produced by Norman plantation were already on the market.
But the company didn’t just stop producing shutters; they also changed the designs to make them cheaper, Baughmans said.
The new designs also made the new shutters too heavy, so they were not comfortable for use on the farm.
According to historian Gary B. Wilson, Norman plantation was one of the last big American manufacturers of shutters to make their shutters cheaper.
But the new designs were not popular with consumers.
“Many people weren’t thrilled about it,” Wilson said.
“It’s an old-fashioned way of thinking.”
The company went bankrupt in the early 1980s, and Norman plantation closed its doors in 1985.
The shutters remained in the public domain until recently.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was able to get them back in the hands of a former Norman plantation employee who owns a company called Norman plantation Heritage.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to restore Norman plantation heritage shutters as part of a broader project to help restore jobs to the African American community,” said Mark Krakauer, president of Norman plantation and Heritage.
Wilson said the shuttles are part of an ongoing effort to help people of all backgrounds.
“I’m hoping that people will see this as a call to action, not just to get rid of the shutts, but to see them as part in the process of rebuilding the lives of African Americans,” he said.
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