The Negro as Capitalist. A Study of Banking and Business Among American Negroes.
Monograph on Black banks from Reconstruction to the Great Depression by pioneering African American economist, Abram L. Harris (1899–1963). Includes separate chapters on banks in Virginia; the District of Columbia and Maryland; Pennsylvania; and Illinois. With numerous tables throughout and six appendices including “The Freedman’s Bank Loans,” “Directory of Negro Banks,” and “Total Resources and Liabilities of Negro Banks by States from 1900 to 1932.”
This copy inscribed by Abram L. Harris, then professor of economics at Howard University, to Laurence J. W. Hayes whose bookplate and Howard University ownership inscription are on the front endpaper. Laurence John Wesley Hayes (1908–?) appears to have been a student or recent graduate of from Howard University which later published his monograph The Negro Federal Government Worker, A Study of His Classification Status in the District of Columbia, 1883-1938 (1941).
“[Abram Lincoln] Harris’s early writings deal with problems of achieving social and economic equality, and in his two books, The Black Worker, The Negro and the Labor Movement (with Sterling D. Spero, 1931) and The Negro as Capitalist (1936), he provided an incisive analysis of alternative programs of reform.” (DANB)
Description: The Negro as Capitalist. A Study of Banking and Business Among American Negroes.
Philadelphia: The American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1936. First Edition. xii, 205pp. 8vo. Beige cloth with gilt-titled leather spine label. Numerous tables; graphs. Inscribed and signed by author on free, front endpaper to Laurence J.W. Hayes; with Hayes’ bookplate, ownership inscription at Howard University, and scattered ink underlining. Some soiling to covers; some chipping to spine label, not affecting legibility; near very good.