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a person who polishes shoes and boots


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"Daughters of Jefferson, Daughters of Bootblacks": Racism and American Feminism.
Antoniou packs the hotel with characters representing a wide range of kinks and fetishes, from masters with slaves to leather-admiring bootblacks to furries and costume enthusiasts, and sets up enough potential motives for Steele's murder to give the police plenty to investigate.
There is this leather jacket he owns and that some bootblacks cannot wait to clean, but he will not let them.
During the California Gold Rush, Blacks found themselves in California but outside of the gold rush economy and confined to domestic work, and to jobs as janitors, truck drivers, and bootblacks. By the 1870s, Blacks had secured an economic foothold in the hotel and restaurant industry in San Francisco.
In his pulp novels from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Alger's working-class protagonists--such as bootblacks, newsmen, and peddlers--rise to economic comfort and social recognition through a sense of purpose, personal fortitude, and hard work, factors that are generally understood as Protestant moral ethics.
For more on suffragist racism after the Civil War, see Barbara Hilkert Andolsen, "Daughters of Jefferson, Daughters of Bootblacks": Racism and American Feminism (Macon, GA: Mercer UP, 1986) and Suzanne Lebsock, "Woman Suffrage and White Supremacy: A Virginia Case Study," in Visible Women: New Essays on American Activism, Nancy A.
Our knowledge of their occupations, for example, has been clouded by popular perceptions both in the United States and in Salonika that "Oriental" or "Turkish" Jews worked largely as bootblacks on the Lower East Side.
Every shop and every cafe had an inscription saying it had been collectivised; even the bootblacks had been collectivised and their boxes painted red and black....
(5) For example, James McCabe warns in his 1872 Lights and Shadows of New York Life that "a large part of the earnings of the bootblacks is spent for tobacco and liquors.
Osteopaths and chiropractors became "irregulars," "quacks," "frauds," "menaces," "bootblacks," "scavengers," "incompetents," and "charlatans." Their practices, moreover, were "unscientific;" their discoveries "unqualified."
From the street sellers who populated the Cryes of London, to the "Black Guard" children who picked pockets and slept in annealing ovens, to the bootblacks, linkboys, and chimney sweeps, each type of beggar occupied a particular niche in society, providing services that no others would provide.
He was in "a no-win position" even before his act began to mortify middle-class blacks and intellectuals: "He was criticized for the offensive parts he took, but if he complained and was rebuked by the studios, he was castigated as a trouble-maker" by a black theatrical community fearful of losing what little opportunity it had for screen time as butlers, maids, stableboys, bootblacks, and voodoo priestesses.
The "handful," in short order, grew to "a great army of barbers, bootblacks, fruiterers and shoemakers," along with "about 400 persons employed in macaroni factories" and "many Italian watchmakers, bakers, confectioners, keepers of cafes and ice cream saloons, wine dealers, grocers, dry-goods dealers, and many in other businesses."
(25) Barbara Hilkert Andolsen, "Daughters of Jefferson, Daughters of Bootblacks"--Racism and American Feminism, Macon, GA, Mercer University, 1986, p.