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Building the Black MetropolisAfrican American Entrepreneurship in Chicago$
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Robert E. Weems and Jason P. Chambers

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041426

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041426.001.0001

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Early Black Chicago Entrepreneurial and Business Activities from the Frontier Era to the Great Migration

Early Black Chicago Entrepreneurial and Business Activities from the Frontier Era to the Great Migration

The Nexus of Circumstance and Initiative

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(p.27) Chapter 1 Early Black Chicago Entrepreneurial and Business Activities from the Frontier Era to the Great Migration
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Building the Black Metropolis
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Christopher Robert Reed

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041426.003.0002

This chapter surveys the evolution of African American-owned businesses in Chicago from the mid-to-late nineteenth century until the early twentieth century. During the nineteenth century, the most successful black entrepreneurs, such as tailor John Jones and caterer Charles H. Smiley, primarily served white clients. By the early twentieth century, as Chicago’s African American population grew, a new breed of black entrepreneur emerged. Even before the World War One “Great Migration,” persons such as newspaper editor Robert Abbott, real estate professional and banker Jesse Binga and personal care products manufacturer Anthony Overton saw the enormous profit potential associated with catering to the needs of the city’s burgeoning “Black Belt.”

Keywords:   Early Black Chicago, John Jones, Charles H. Smiley, Robert Abbott, Jesse Binga, Anthony Overton, Great Migration, Black Belt

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