Combined Incomes of Husband and Wife

By 1886, according to a Kansas Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics report, a small sample of Exodusters head of household in Wyandotte (Kansas City, Kansas) were earning on average of $262.75 annually, while comparable white laborers were averaging $363.09 per year. Nearly all of the Exoduster wives worked, usually as washerwomen, and the combined incomes of husband and wife brought the yearly average to $363.28…11

  • 11 Kansas, First Annual Report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics (Topeka 1886), p. 255
  • P.257, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3

Exodusters

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