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This is the first collection on historical and contemporary black business in Africa and the American diaspora, as well as transatlantic business between the United States and Africa. The contributors, all internationally recognized in their fields, provide African and non-African perspectives on various aspects of the black business experience. The first section of this book examines the history of business in Africa, with emphases on indigenous practices, regional commerce, and the linkages between Africa and other parts of the world. The second section looks at the creation of modern entrepreneur management practices. The third and final section deals with the various aspects of contemporary black business in the United States. This book seeks to inform readers and stimulate further research on black business in, as well as between, Africa and the African diaspora in America.

Alusine Jalloh is Associate Professor of History and founding Director of the Africa Program at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.


[This book] highlights with rare clarity black peoples' attempt to acquire wealth through entrepreneurship in a world often hostile to them. H-AFRICA

This collection of essays is a thought-provoking contribution to the economic histories of both African and African American is the first major work to offer representative contributions from both camps. As such, it is likely to earn deserved recognition for bringing these historiographies into closer proximity, an idea long overdue. This is the beginning to what will no doubt be an extremely fruitful dialog. AFRICAN HISTORY, Vol 45, 2004

[This book] highlights with rare clarity black people's attempt to acquire wealth through entrepreneurship in a world often hostile to them. . . the book addresses issues not just dear to black people, but relevant to anyone interested in understanding economic and business relationships in a changing socioeconomic environment. H-NET REVIEWS


First Published: 25 May 2002
13 Digit ISBN: 9781580461146
Pages: 628
Size: 9 x 6.5
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: University of Rochester Press
BIC Class: KCZ

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Indigenous Values and the Organization of Informal Sector Business in West Africa
  • 2  The Development of Entrepreneurship in Africa: Southeastern Nigeria during the Era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • 3  Trade, Transportation, and Expanding Economic Networks: Saharan Caravan Commerce in the Era of European Expansion, 1500-1900
  • 4  African Business in Nineteenth-Century West Africa
  • 5  Money, Credit, and Banking in Colonial and Postcolonial West Africa
  • 6  The Impact of British Colonialism on the Development of African Business in Colonial Nigeria
  • 7  African Businesswomen in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa: A Comparative Survey
  • 8  The State and Indigenous Entrepreneurship in Post-Independence Africa
  • 9  The Intersection of Religion and Business Behavior in Africa
  • 10  African Muslim Business in Postcolonial West Africa
  • 11  Survival, Innovation, and Success in Time of Trouble: What Prospects for Central African Entrepreneurs?
  • 12  The Challenge of Indigenization, Affirmative Action, and Black Empowerment in Zimbabwe and South Africa
  • 13  Gender and the Range of Entrepreneurial Strategies: The "Typical" and the "New" Women Entrepreneurs
  • 14  "Where Did All Our Customers Go?": Historic Black-Owned Businesses and the African American Consumer Market
  • 15  The Impact of Economic Culture on the Business Success of African American Entrepreneurs
  • 16  The Impact of Criminal Activity on Black Business Success: Implications for Public Policy
  • 17  Patterns of African American Female Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in Ten Southern Cities, 1880-1930
  • 18  Oprah Winfrey, The Tycoon: Contextualizing the Economics of Race, Class, and Gender in Black Business History in Post-Civil Rights America
  • 19  The African Union Company of the 1920s and Its Black Business Activities in Africa and the United States
  • 20  Neocolonialism in the African Diaspora? Black American Business Competition in South Africa
  • 21  The Development of Black Capitalism in South Africa and the United States