Economic Co-Operation among Negro Americans.
Report of a Social Study made by Atlanta University…with the Proceedings of the 12th Conference for the Study of the Negro Problems
One of a series of academic studies of African Americans published by Atlanta University and edited by African-American sociologist and academic, W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963).
Since 1897, Du Bois had been a professor of history and economics at that historically black school. Here he studies and provides much data for the phenomenon of cooperation among African-Americans:
We must not expect, for instance, to find a separately developed economic life among the Negroes except as they became under compulsion a part of the economic life of the nation before emancipation; and except as they have become since the emancipation, a part of the great working force. So far as their own inner economic efforts are concerned we must expect in looking over their history to find great strivings in religious development, in political life and in efforts in education. And so completely do these cultural aspects of their group efforts overshadow the economic efforts that at first student is tempted to think that there his been no inner economic co-operation, or at least that it has only come to the fore in the last two or three decades. But this is not so. ... When therefore, we take up under the head of economic co-operation such institutions as the church, such movements as the Exodus of 1879 and the matter of schools, etc., it is from the economic side that we are studying these things, and because this economic side was really of very great importance and significance. (pp10–11)
Du Bois studies cooperative principles in many areas: from black churches, black conventions, and the Underground Railroad to schools, beneficial and insurance societies, secret societies, banks, cooperative business models, and “the Group Economy” model for medical, legal, and engineering professionals.
Description: Economic Co-Operation among Negro Americans.
Atlanta, Georgia: The Atlanta University Press, 1907. [1–6], 7–184pp. First Edition. 8vo. Gray, stiff paper wrappers. Tables. Minor chipping to wrappers at tail of spine; isolated toning to upper cover; else near fine; a lovely example.