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Building the Black Metropolis: African American Entrepreneurship in Chicago

Robert E. Weems and Jason P. Chambers


This book examines the entrepreneurial experiences of and contributions by African American entrepreneurs in Chicago. Through a careful examination of black business activity in areas such as finance, media, and the underground economy known as “Policy,” this work illuminates the manner in which blacks in Chicago built a network of competing and cooperative enterprises and a culture of entrepreneurship unique to the city. This network lay at the center of black business development in Chicago as it allowed blacks there greater opportunity to fund and build businesses reliant on other blacks ra ... More

Keywords: History, African American Business, Entrepreneurs, Oprah Winfrey, John H. Johnson, Ebony, Anthony Overton, South Side, Black Metropolis, Chicago Defender, Annie Malone, Policy Kings, Chicago Network

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041426
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert E. Weems, editor
Wichita State University

Jason P. Chambers, editor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign