Date of Award






Chief Instructor

Dudley Wilson Willard


Worcester, Massachusetts, African Americans, racial wealth gap, race, economic conditions, economy, African American studies


Challenged by the fact that many of the Negroes of Worcester do on seem to be occupying the places for which they are trained economically or culturally, this study was entered upon in an attempt to discover the true status of the Worcester Negro, to describe the problems which underlie the limitation of his activities, and to define a program whereby he may be led into a more complete realization of his personality, and, unhampered, make his full contribution to the community life of which he is a part. To this end a survey has been made.

This survey, of necessity, deals largely with the material side of the Negro's life --his economic status, and, to some degree, his cultural status. The economic and cultural sides of life are inextricably interwoven and the relationship of cause and effect works in both directions. These cause and effect relations are considered. The more subtle and, in many cases, more important psychological factors are dealt with to a very limited degree, for an infinite amount of research needs to be done in this field before any dogmatic assertions may be made.


"Acknowledging racism in Worcester's industrial past" by Janette Thomas Greenwood, published in the Telegram & Gazette on February 18, 2022, discusses this thesis.



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