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John Lutz traces Aboriginal people's involvement in the neweconomy, and their displacement from it, from the arrival of the firstEuropeans to the 1970s. Drawing on an extensive array of oralhistories, manuscripts, newspaper accounts, biographies, andstatistical analysis, Lutz shows that Aboriginal people flocked to theworkforce and prospered in the late nineteenth century. He argues thatthe roots of today's widespread unemployment and "welfaredependency" date only from the 1950s, when deliberate andinadvertent policy choices - what Lutz terms the "whiteproblem" drove Aboriginal people out of the capitalist, wage, andsubsistence economies, offering them welfare as"compensation."
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