Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal – A Reading and Conversation
Presented by Red Salmon Arts
Lilia Rosas talks with Shennette Garrett-Scott about her newly released book Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal from Columbia University Press, the first full-length history of finance capitalism that centers black women and the banking institutions and networks they built from the eve of the Civil War to the Great Depression. Banking on Freedom offers an unparalleled account of how black women carved out economic, social, and political power in contexts shaped by sexism, racism, and capitalist exploitation.
About the Author: Shennette Garrett-Scott is assistant professor of history and African American studies at the University of Mississippi.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.