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Encyclopedia of African American Business [2 volumes]
     

Encyclopedia of African American Business [2 volumes]

by Jessie Carney Smith, Linda T. Wynn
 

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African Americans historically have played a role in shaping the economic development of their race and of the country, though only recently have they received attention in this regard. Current representation of African Americans in some of corporate America's top positions and as owners of technology companies reflect current trends in society and is a step toward

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African Americans historically have played a role in shaping the economic development of their race and of the country, though only recently have they received attention in this regard. Current representation of African Americans in some of corporate America's top positions and as owners of technology companies reflect current trends in society and is a step toward closing the racial gap. This two-volume reference work provides students and general readers easy access to information on African American business leaders, companies, associations, and other business subjects. Written by more than 50 contributors, entries discuss both historical and contemporary figures and topics that help illustrate the occupations and businesses of blacks throughout history.

Spanning the early 18th century to the present day, over 200 alphabetically arranged entries describe people and topics related to the history of African American business development, including: Berry O'Kelly, Advertising Agencies, Franklin Delano Raines, National Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs, Oprah Winfrey, Retail Industry, National Alliance of Market Developers, Kenneth Chenault, Spike Lee, Legal Defense and Education Fund, Myrtle Potter, Quincy Jones, Faith-Based Entrepreneurship, Credit Unions, Sylvia Woods, Eddie Murphy, Minority Enterprise Development Week, and more. Primary documents and statistical tables are also included to help display the numerous contributions of blacks in business.

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"With over 250 entries, this work provides an overview of the US black business community and leaders from the 18th century to the present. Edited by Smith, it comprises entries authored by librarians and archivists. In addition to the well-known individuals (e.g., Oprah Winfrey, Wally Famous Amos) one would expect, this volume includes architects, auto industry and music executives, bankers, beauty industry officials, civil rights activists, philanthropists, and more. It includes major historical overviews, e.g., Black Businesses in Large Cities: A History, Black Press: Newspapers in Major Cities, Blacks in Agriculture, and Faith-Based Entrepreneurship. Entries by topic and occupation are provided. The wide variety of topical coverage is evident in the titles of entries such as Barbecue Establishments, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Economic Boycotts and Protests, Roadside and Street Vending, and Shoe Shine Establishments. Selected essays include photographs, statistical tables, or charts. All provide a brief listing of resources for further reading. This work is well conceived and well executed. It will serve as an excellent introductory guide to African American business. Recommended. Academic and public libraries; all levels." - Choice

"Industrious reference-work editor Smith provides a historical overview of the black business community from the early 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on people and organizations that have influenced industry. Several vocations are highlighted, including finance, fashion, agriculture, and journalism. Smith's introductory bibliographic essay offers a background to the field of study and opportunities for further research. The more than 200 A-to-Z entries, among them National Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs, Oprah Winfrey, and retail industry, and cross-referenced and accompanied by bibliographies offering print and online resources. Many of the 50-plus contributors are librarians and educators. A general index is provided, along with a topical entry list and biographical entries by occupation." - Library Journal

"[A] welcome resource for locating information on topics that may have had little coverage in other business reference sources….[t]his compact encyclopedia reflects the diversity of the African American community. This is not simply a who' who but a compilation of events, ideas developments and trends that have shaped the black American business experience….[c]an be enjoyed by the casual user and the researcher owing to the broad scope, readability and the interesting and entertaining choice of topics. The subjects and persons are well researched, and….[t]he contributors present the material in a clear, precise writing style and tone….[i]t is a very solid reference source that pulls together a good deal of related and fascinating information into one place and provides the researcher a valuable panoramic picture of the subject. It is current, easy to use and a solid contribution to business literature." - Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

"Like a census report, this encyclopedia provides wide and in-depth coverage of African-American businesses, both those currently in existence and those that existed historically….All of these contributions allow readers to be catapulted back to that era and give them an opportunity to experience what it was like for black business owners during those times. For those who have long searched for a comprehensive source on African-American business ownership, this is it." - Multicultural Review

"African Americans have been involved in business enterprises since the early eighteenth century and are increasingly distinguishing themselves as top players in corporate America. This user-friendly encyclopedia covers the time period from the colonial period to the present day and begins with an alphabetical entry list, a topical entry list, and a list of African-American Business Leaders by Occupation….This gem of a reference resource explores African American participation in the business world and conveys a sense of the reach and scope of black mainstream companies in the U.S. Public and academic business reference collections will want to purchase." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"Some 250 entries, presented by Smith, provide information on the black business community and black business leaders in the United States from the beginning of the 18th century to the present. Entries include biographical information on such figures as Hank Aaron, Marcus Garvey, Booker Washington, and Oprah Winfrey, as well as a host of others whose fame is more circumscribed to the business world. The encyclopedia also presents many topical and thematic essays, ranging from profiles of black involvement in particular industries to descriptions of particular African American business-related organizations. Prior to their presentation, entries are listed in a variety of manners in order to aid the reader to locate particular topics." - Reference & Research Book News

Library Journal
Industrious reference-work editor Smith (humanities, Fisk Univ., Nashville; Black Firsts: 2,000 Years of Extraordinary Achievement) provides a historical overview of the black business community from the early 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on people and organizations that have influenced industry. Several vocations are highlighted, including finance, fashion, agriculture, and journalism. Smith's introductory bibliographic essay offers a background to the field of study and opportunities for further research. The more than 200 A-to-Z entries, among them "National Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs," "Oprah Winfrey," and "retail industry," and cross-referenced and accompanied by bibliographies offering print and online resources. Many of the 50-plus contributors are librarians and educators. A general index is provided, along with a topical entry list and biographical entries by occupation. Charts and statistical tables are included with many of the topical entries, but photographs and illustrations of individuals and landmarks are almost nonexistent. Bottom Line Notably excluded from the work are a general chronology and a topical bibliography section. Thus, Juliet E.K. Walker's Encyclopedia of African American Business History (Greenwood, 1999), which does contain these parts, would be a helpful companion. Although graduate students and researchers may find some of the biographies and references in Smith's work useful, the primary audiences are high school and undergraduate business students. [Also available as an e-book: ISBN 0-313-01454-X.-Ed.]-Mark McCallon, Abilene Christian Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313331091
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Pages:
936
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 2.60(d)

Meet the Author

Jessie Carney Smith is University Librarian and William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee. She has traveled and lectured throughout the U.S. He has also lectured in Tokyo, Japan; Hamilton, Bermuda; and Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Among her numerous books are Ethnic Genealogy, Images of Blacks in American Culture, Notable Black American Women, Notable Black American Men, and Black Firsts.

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