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Building the Black Metropolis

Black entrepreneurship has helped to define Chicago. This book tells the story of the African American men and women who struggled against racism to become titans of American business. 

This collection of essays demonstrates how Chicago became an incubator of black business development. It also provides insight as to how it can redevelop that business culture to become a beacon of entrepreneurship in the 21st century.

“A work that examines history in its own skin. At a time when scholarship is praising immigrant entrepreneurship in America, it is great to see a book that says, ‘Black America has been there, done that, and got the T-Shirt.’ A work that should bind the past with the future because it recreates a model of business success that holds the key to the future. An American story well done.” John Sibley Butler

“A major contribution on the black metropolis as a black business movement, a black public sphere, and visions of freedom in the city.” Quincy T. Mills

Madison Avenue and the Color Line

The first comprehensive look at the role of African Americans in the development of the advertising industry. Shows how blacks used their power as consumers and challenged racism within advertising, changed their negative portrayal in commercials.

“The book offers perspective for those entering the industry as well as those who don’t understand what all of the fuss is about.” Advertising Age

“Rarely do scholars look beyond consumer-directed messages to explore the battlegrounds from which they emanate. Jason Chambers succeeds at this splendidly in analyzing African Americans’ struggles with the advertising industry, both inside and outside of it, through the twentieth century.” Journal of American History

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