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Historian Wins Book Prize

Shennette Garrett-Scott recognized with prestigious Organization of American Historians Award

Shennette Garrett-Scott

Shennette Garrett-Scott, associate professor of history and African American Studies

APRIL 22, 2020 BY THE OAH

Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University, OAH President 2019–2020, and George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California, OAH President 2020–2021, announce that Shennette Garrett-Scott, associate professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, receives the Organization of American Historians‘ prestigious 2020 Darlene Clark Hine Award, which is given annually for the best book in African American women’s and gender history.

Dr. Garrett-Scott’s Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press) is a comprehensive and original study of black women’s business practices in the aftermath of slavery through the early twentieth century.

It is an amazing piece of economic history that details how gender, race, and class shaped capitalism and finance by effectively linking the history of capitalism to black women’s entrepreneurship.

As Elsa Barkley-Brown noted, Dr. Garrett-Scott’s book effectively “reclaims the stories of black women as bank founders and clerks, investors, aspiring homeowners, and loan seekers.”

Banking on Freedom Book

Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press)

As the first book to center black women’s work with the banking, finance, and insurance agencies, it is both compelling and artfully written. Unanimously chosen as the 2020 Darlene Clark Hine Award winner, Banking on Freedom provides a much-needed spotlight that illuminates an important aspect of black women’s history.

Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship. With more than 7,000 members from the U.S. and abroad, OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, encouraging wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of history practitioners. It publishes the quarterly Journal of American History, the leading scholarly publication and journal of record in the field of American history for more than a century. It also publishes The American Historian magazine. Formerly known as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (MVHA), the association became the OAH in 1965 to reflect a broader scope focusing on national studies of American history. The OAH national headquarters are located in the historic Raintree House on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus.

For more information, visit oah.org or call 812.855.7311.