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History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship (Evolution of Modern Business Series) Hardcover – June 12, 1998

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Walker makes a magnificent contribution to the literature on African American entrepreneurship and capitalism. Shattering myths, pointing to possibilities, and refining our thinking about procrustean racism, Professor Walker explores perceptively a world where blacks have been much maligned and vilified. . . . No effective discussion of the black community can go on without Professor Walker's book as a basis for understanding the peculiarities and promises of Black life in America.--H-Net

A richly detailed, sweeping examination of black business from precolonial Africa to the conclusion of the Civil War. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice

Walker has produced an excellent, highly readable, and informative book that will stand the test for years to come as the standard in the field of black history. It is a superb contribution to the literature of African American history.--Journal of American History

Like Du Bois's work a century before, Walker's book will attract scholars to the field of black business history and compel them to realize how this subject sheds considerable light on many aspects of American business history.--Business History Review

This massive study does indeed break new ground, and in a big way. . . . It has interpretative depth and substance, stressing the African source of a mercantile ethos among blacks. . . . To be sure, no one can now contend that blacks lack an entrepreneurial tradition. . . . It is a first-rate piece of historical scholarship.--Journal of American Ethnic History --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This work addresses a huge gap that has existed in the coverage of American black business history. A must read for anyone interested in the development of business in America.--James Cash, Harvard Business School --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Evolution of Modern Business Series
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Twayne Publishers; 1 edition (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805716505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805716504
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Araph Keita on September 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This work fills a void in African American and general U. S. History. It is important for the general public, not just academia. Business success has became a negative image for too many youths, and this work shows that African Americans have always been successful within the capitalist system as entrepreurs, not merely consumers. It also demonstrates how African Americans have been a vital part of the economic development of the nation!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jsbutler@mail.utexas.edu on September 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book traces the development of black enterprise in America. It is a return to the days when communities, including those in the tradition of black Americans, placed enterprise at the very center of their activity. It also reminds us of the blue-print for success in America. More importantly, it is a return to scholarship which concentrates on the importance of self-help, enterprise building and the ability to think and act like a free person. Since the early 1960s, studies of failure have dominated literature on black Americans. This book returns us to literature which examine how people actually created economic stability in hostile situations. It also reminds us that the excellent literature on present day immigrant groups share a lot in common with the ealry literature on black Americans. A great piece of scholarship. It is also instructive to note that Madam Walker, Booker T. Washington, and Mr. Johnson are pictured on the cover. This denotes a time which entrepreneurs, rather than politicians and ministers, were the most important leaders in the black community.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rodog63jr on October 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is covers the development of African-American Business from The Colonial times to the present. It covers corporations, partnerships, banks and various other enterprises. You will enjoy this book.
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By Pianki on July 5, 2015
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