Robinson Newcomb and the Limits of Liberalism at UNC: Two Case Studies of Black Businessmen in the 1920s South

October 2009
North Carolina Historical Review;Oct2009, Vol. 86 Issue 4, p373
Academic Journal
The article discusses the efforts of economist Robinson Newcomb (1901-1980) to study African American business enterprises in the U.S. South in the 1920s, and the resistance he encountered from white academics and civic leaders. Newcomb's work at the Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina is discussed, as is the destruction of his research on black businesses in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and elsewhere. An appendix reprints Newcomb's surviving accounts of two Southern black businessmen, Moses Amos (1866-1928) and Charles Henry Jones (1873-1945).


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