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Insuring Progress: The Growth of African-American Insurance Companies in the American South, 1890-1956

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After Reconstruction, many African-Americans were trying to find or build their version of the American Dream. In many instances, African-Americans were simply trying to maintain and hold on to whatever economic gains they possessed. While certain aspects of life in the American South were uncertain, for many African-Americans, death was the only assured occurrence in life. Realizing that families were being devastated by the loss of an income, some African-American entrepreneurs and social organizations began to examine and provide a solution to this problem. From the iron and coal mines of Appalachia to fraternal and social organizations of cities, owning life insurance became an inexpensive way to offset the cost of burial and various economic and personal debts. I plan to examine African-American corporations, fraternal and social organizations whose clients and members were largely, if not wholly, African-Americans. My research may be able to show how a number African-Americans were able to protect and maintain the economic gains that were made, before life events, such as death or serious injury, placed an unexpected financial burden on the surviving insured or beneficiaries.
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Robinson, Maurice.A. "Insuring Progress: The Growth of African-American Insurance Companies in the American South, 1890-1956" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436045_index.html>

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Robinson, M. "Insuring Progress: The Growth of African-American Insurance Companies in the American South, 1890-1956" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436045_index.html

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Abstract: After Reconstruction, many African-Americans were trying to find or build their version of the American Dream. In many instances, African-Americans were simply trying to maintain and hold on to whatever economic gains they possessed. While certain aspects of life in the American South were uncertain, for many African-Americans, death was the only assured occurrence in life. Realizing that families were being devastated by the loss of an income, some African-American entrepreneurs and social organizations began to examine and provide a solution to this problem. From the iron and coal mines of Appalachia to fraternal and social organizations of cities, owning life insurance became an inexpensive way to offset the cost of burial and various economic and personal debts. I plan to examine African-American corporations, fraternal and social organizations whose clients and members were largely, if not wholly, African-Americans. My research may be able to show how a number African-Americans were able to protect and maintain the economic gains that were made, before life events, such as death or serious injury, placed an unexpected financial burden on the surviving insured or beneficiaries.


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