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For two decades Robert E. Weems, Jr. has been studying interrelated aspects of African-American business and economic history at levels both local and national. The MU professor of History observes that the history of black economic development in Columbia, Missouri, with its once-thriving black business district, stands as a microcosm of national trends. “For a variety of social and economic reasons,” he notes, “we literally see black businesses disappearing from the landscape of America.” Weems’ first book, Black Business in Black Metropolis: The Chicago Metropolitan Assurance Company, 1925-1985 (1996), based on his dissertation research, explored the factors underlying this change. The history of this now-defunct black insurance company in Chicago has implications for the economics of race in America in general.

Published October 05, 2006

Speaking Freely

Speaking Freely

Christina Wells

Professor of Law

Published September 13, 2007

A Bacon of Hope

A Bacon of Hope

Randall Prather

Professor, Division of Animal Sciences

Published January 20, 2009

Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Rex Cocroft

Assistant Professor of Biology

Published February 06, 2007

The Size of the Future

The Size of the Future

Shubhra Gangopadhyay

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Published April 28, 2009

Alcohol and Racial Bias

Alcohol and Racial Bias

Bruce Bartholow

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Published November 30, 2010