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Introduction......................................................................................

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A Historical View..............................................................................
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Life Back Home............................................................................... 13
Slavery's Influence on Black Entrepreneurship.............................. 20
The Seeds of American Entrepreneurship.......................................
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The Invention Fever..........................................................................
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Important Dates in Black Business History..................................
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Contemporary Black Entrepreneurs............................................... 62
Tribute to Two Fallen Champions of Entrepreneurship.................. 70
Top Ten Black Firms in 1996.......................................................... 72
What's Next?....................................................................................
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Additional Resources....................................................................... 79