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Building the Black metropolis : African American entrepreneurship in Chicago

Author: Robert E Weems; Jason Chambers
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
Series: New Black studies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From Jean Baptiste Point DuSable to Oprah Winfrey, Black entrepreneurship has helped define Chicago. Robert E. Weems, Jr. and Jason P. Chambers curate a collection of essays that place the city as the center of the Black business world in the United States. Ranging from titans like Anthony Overton and Jesse Binga to McDonald's operators to Black organized crime, the scholars shed light on the long-overlooked  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Building the black metropolis.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2017022585
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert E Weems; Jason Chambers
ISBN: 9780252041426 0252041429 9780252082948 025208294X 9780252050022 0252050029
OCLC Number: 983824364
Description: 263 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Early Black Chicago entrepreneurial and business activities from the frontier era to the Great Migration : the nexus of circumstance and initiative / Christopher Robert Reed --
Robert Sengstacke Abbott, 1868-1940 / Myiti Sengstacke Rice --
The rise and fall of Jesse Binga, a Black Chicago financial wizard / Robert Howard --
Contested terrain : P.W. Chavers, Anthony Overton, and the founding of the Douglass National Bank / Robert E. Weems Jr. --
King of selling : the rise and fall of S.B. Fuller / Clovis E. Semmes --
A master strategist : John H. Johnson and the development of Chicago as a center for Black business empire / Jason P. Chambers --
Jim Crow organized crime : Black Chicago's underground economy in the twentieth century / Will Cooley --
The politics of the drive-thru window : Chicago's Black McDonald's operators and the demands of community / Marcia Chatelain --
Positive realism : Tom Burrell and the development of Chicago as a center for Black-owned advertising agencies / Jason P. Chambers --
Oprah Winfrey : the tycoon / Juliet E. Walker --
Racial desegregation and Black Chicago business : the case studies of the Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company and the Chicago Metropolitan Assurance Company / Robert E. Weems Jr.
Series Title: New Black studies series.
Responsibility: edited by Robert E. Weems Jr. and Jason P. Chambers.

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"From Jean Baptiste Point DuSable to Oprah Winfrey, Black entrepreneurship has helped define Chicago. Robert E. Weems, Jr. and Jason P. Chambers curate a collection of essays that place the city as the center of the Black business world in the United States. Ranging from titans like Anthony Overton and Jesse Binga to McDonald's operators to Black organized crime, the scholars shed light on the long-overlooked history of African American work and entrepreneurship since the Great Migration. Together they examine how factors like the influx of southern migrants and the city's unique segregation patterns made Chicago a prolific incubator of productive business development -- and made building a Black metropolis as much a necessity as an opportunity"--

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