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Featured Books for Black History Month

Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal

Location: Online
Between 1888 and 1930, African Americans opened more than a hundred banks and thousands of other financial institutions. In Banking on Freedom, Shennette Garrett-Scott explores this rich period of black financial innovation and its transformative impact on U.S. capitalism through the story of the St. Luke Bank in Richmond, Virginia: the first and only bank run by black women. The first book to center black women's engagement with the elite sectors of banking, finance, and insurance, Banking on Freedom reveals the ways gender, race, and class shaped the meanings of wealth and risk in U.S. capitalism and society.

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

Location: Pardee Stacks TX945.3 .C46 2020
After Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination in 1968, many activists turned to entrepreneurship as the means to achieving equality. Civil rights leaders, fast food companies, black capitalists, celebrities, and federal bureaucrats began an unlikely collaboration, in the belief that the franchising of fast food restaurants, by black citizens in their own neighborhoods, could improve the quality of black life. Fast food represented an opportunity for strivers who had been shut out of many industries, denied promotions in those that would tolerate them, and discouraged, in numerous ways, from starting their own businesses, all because of the color of their skin. 

Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1902-1931: The Negro National and Eastern Colored Leagues

Location: Online
As the companion volume to Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901: Operating by Any Means Necessary , Lomax's new book continues to chronicle the history of black baseball in the United States. In this book, Lomax takes a closer look at the marketing and promotion of the Negro Leagues by black baseball magnates. Lomax analyzes the decisions that black baseball magnates made to insulate themselves from outside influences. He explains how this insulation may have distorted their perceptions and ultimately led to the Negro Leagues' demise. The collapse of the Negro Leagues by 1931 was, Lomax argues, "a dream deferred in the overall African American pursuit for freedom and self-determination."

Books for Black History Month

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