Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black Americans: A Reconsideration of Race and Economics

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SUNY Press, 1991 - Business & Economics - 390 pages
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In this book, author John Sibley Butler traces the unique development of business enterprises and other community organizations among Black Americans from before the Civil War into the present. He compares these efforts to other strong traditions of self-help among groups such as Japanese-Americans, Jewish Americans, and Greek-Americans. The author also shows how the higher education of Black children is already a valued tradition among Black self-help groups--such that today their offspring are more likely to be third and fourth generation college graduates. Butler challenges the myth that nothing can be done to salvage America's underclass without a massive infusion of public dollars, and offers a fresh perspective on those community based organizations and individuals who act to solve local social and economic problems.

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Race and Entrepreneurship A Respecification
To Seek for Ourselves Benevolent Insurance and Banking Institutions
Entrepreneur ship under an Economic Detour
Durham North Carolina An Economic Enclave
Tulsa Oklahoma Business Success and Tragedy
The Reconstruction of Race Ethnicity and Economics Toward a Theory of the AfroAmerican Middleman
The Present Status of AfroAmerican Business The Resurrection of Past Solutions
Conclusion and Policy Implications

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John Sibley Butler is Professor of Sociology and Management at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Dallas TACA Centennial Professorship in Liberal Arts and the Arthur James Douglass Centennial Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the College of Business. He is the editor of the National Journal of Sociology, and is an Adjunct Fellow to the National Center for the Neighborhood Enterprise (NCNE), a research and demonstration organization based in Washington, D.C.

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