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In 1907 Booker T. Washington published a photo book on the Black American business world. It showed company offices, Black-owned banks, shop interiors, some well known families and private homes. The above picture was among the many included.
The book’s photos, digitized online: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-f3cd-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99/book?parent=f30708e0-c6d7-012f-b472-3c075448cc4b#page/1/mode/2up
The full book, digitized to read online: https://archive.org/details/negroinbusiness00washgoog/page/n6/mode/2up
This year, his organization – The National Business League – turned 120 years old. It still continues, with 367 chapters across the world: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-business-league-nations-first-black-business-organization-turns-120-years-old-301123502.html
Proceedings of the National Negro Business League’s first conference in Boston, which took place over August 23rd and 24th in the year 1900: https://archive.org/details/proceedingsofnat00nati_0
This is really cool and the history behind it that you posted makes it even more fascinating. Can you, or anyone, by any chance recommend me any books that explore the topic of black American (or even African) history with an emphasis on socio-economics? I am asking because that history interests me as a black man myself and I am mainly curious as to how, when and why black America declined despite being on an upward trend (i.e. once having low levels of welfare dependency, recidivism, high levels of income and private wealth, crime etc compared to much of white America at the time) I am looking for something similar to the works of Thomas Sowell or the late Walter Williams mainly due to how objective and well researched their works were (i.e not just using the excuse of racism or slavery but actual economic, political and cultural reasons) and I feel that this sub can give me some suggestions. You can even recommend the works of the two authors I just mentioned as I have not read everything of theirs.
This makes me wonder if the first black American to gain wealth is documented. Off to Google…