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CFP: “African Americans and Business”

The Journal of African American History has issued a call for papers for a special issue on "African Americans and Business: Race, Capitalism, and Power," to be edited by Juliet E. K. Walker and Shennette Garrett-Scott.  The call for papers states:
Enterprising African American men and women shaped and were shaped by cultural, social, and political changes in U.S. society. Their relationship with the state and their engagement with discourses of race, gender, nation, and class help us understand the many ways African Americans have struggled to strike a tenable balance between personal agency and structural constraints. . . . African American entrepreneurs and businesses place political and economic histories in dialog with each other to underscore how race is fundamental—not incidental—to how business gets done. The editors seek essays that take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding African American business history. They welcome works that place African American business in local, regional, national, or global economic, political, social, and cultural contexts. The articles in this special issue will include intellectual and social histories, proceeding from an economic perspective, that critically assess and encourage broad perspectives in thinking about African American contributions to capitalism, entrepreneurship, and power in and across various historical periods.
Style Guidelines for Papers
Manuscript should be no more than 10,500 words (about 35 pages), inclusive of the main body text, endnotes, and tables. All pages (including the endnotes) should be double-spaced and adhere to Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition references. Only the title page should contain each author’s name, affiliation, postal address, phone number, and email address. None of the author’s identifying information should appear anywhere on the actual manuscript except the title page. Additional guidelines for manuscript submissions are available on the journal’s website at

Submitting a Paper
Please submit a cover letter with the manuscript. The body of the cover letter should include the following information:
·    The full title of the manuscript;
·    A statement that your submission is exclusive;
·    A brief statement summarizing the significance of the work and how it relates to the theme of the special issue; and
·    Contact information, particularly name, title and affiliation (if applicable), postal address, phone number, and email address.

Submitted essays will be peer reviewed. Four (4) stapled hard copies of each cover letter and manuscript should be mailed to: Juliet E. K. Walker and Shennette Garrett-Scott, Guest Editors, c/o V. P. Franklin, Editor, The Journal of African American History, University of California, Riverside, Graduate School of Education, 1207 Sproul Hall, 900 University Avenue, Riverside, California 92521. Please direct questions to Submissions must be postmarked by January 31, 2015.

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