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Title Banking on freedom : black women in U.S. finance before the New Deal / Shennette Garrett-Scott.
Author Garrett-Scott, Shennette, author.
Publication New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
Description xi, 273 pages ; 24 cm.
Call # 332.1092 G
Series Columbia studies in the history of U.S. capitalism
Columbia studies in the history of U.S. capitalism.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- "I am yet waitin": African American women and free labor banking experiments in the emancipation-era South, 1860s-1900 -- "Who is so helpless as the Negro woman?": the independent order of St. Luke and the quest for economic security, 1856-1902 -- "Let us have a bank": St. Luke Penny Savings Bank, economic activism, and state regulation, 1903-World War I -- Rituals of risk and respectability: gendered economic practices, credit, and debt to World War I -- "A good, strong, hustling woman": financing the new Negro in the new era, 1920-1929 -- Epilogue.
Summary Between 1888 and 1930, African Americans opened more than a hundred banks and thousands of other financial institutions. In Banking on Freedom, Shennette Garrett-Scott explores this rich period of black financial innovation and its transformative impact on U.S. capitalism through the story of the St. Luke Bank in Richmond, Virginia: the first and only bank run by black women. Banking on Freedom offers an unparalleled account of how black women carved out economic, social, and political power in contexts shaped by sexism, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation. Garrett-Scott chronicles both the bank's success and the challenges this success wrought, including extralegal violence and aggressive oversight from state actors who saw black economic autonomy as a threat to both democratic capitalism and the social order. The teller cage and boardroom became sites of activism and resistance as the leadership of president Maggie Lena Walker and other women board members kept the bank grounded in meeting the needs of working-class black women. The first book to center black women's engagement with the elite sectors of banking, finance, and insurance, Banking on Freedom reveals the ways gender, race, and class shaped the meanings of wealth and risk in U.S. capitalism and society.
Subject Women in finance -- United States -- History.
African American bankers -- History.
African American women -- History.
Women bankers -- United States -- History.
African American banks -- History.
African American bankers. (OCoLC)fst00799038
African American banks. (OCoLC)fst00799039
African American women. (OCoLC)fst00799438
Women bankers. (OCoLC)fst01177346
Women in finance. (OCoLC)fst01177891
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780231183918 (paperback : alkaline paper)
0231183917 (paperback :alkaline paper)
9780231183901 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
0231183909 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
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