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The Resource Knights of the razor : black barbers in slavery and freedom, Douglas Walter Bristol, Jr

Knights of the razor : black barbers in slavery and freedom, Douglas Walter Bristol, Jr

Label
Knights of the razor : black barbers in slavery and freedom
Title
Knights of the razor
Title remainder
black barbers in slavery and freedom
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Walter Bristol, Jr
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Black barbers, reflected a freed slave who barbered in antebellum St. Louis, may have been "the only men in their community who enjoyed, at all times, the privilege of free speech." The reason, of course, lay in their temporary -- but absolute -- power over a client. With a flick of the wrist, 19th-century black barbers could have slit the throats of the white men they shaved. In Knights of the Razor, Douglas Walter Bristol, Jr., explores this extraordinary relationship in the largely untold story of African American barbers, North and South, from the American Revolution to the First World War. Besides establishing the modern-day barbershop, these barbers used their skilled trade to navigate the many pitfalls that racism created for ambitious black men. They dominated an upscale market that catered to prosperous white men. At the same time, their respect for labor itself preserved their ties to the black community. Successful barbers assumed leadership roles in their localities, helping to form a black middle class despite pervasive racial segregation. They advocated economic independence from whites and founded insurance companies that became some of the largest black-owned corporations. Bristol engagingly narrates this story of skilled blacks and elite whites. More broadly, he offers a thoughtful study of the nuances of race relations and the ingenuity of black enterprise. Knights of the Razor tackles a rich and tangled subject
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bristol, Douglas Walter
Dewey number
646.7/2408996073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American barbers
  • Free African Americans
  • African American businesspeople
  • African American business enterprises
  • United States
Label
Knights of the razor : black barbers in slavery and freedom, Douglas Walter Bristol, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The origins of black barbers -- Becoming knights of the razor -- Caught between regional origins and the barber's trade -- Self-improvementand self-loathing before the war -- Defining the meaning of freedom -- From barbershops to boardrooms
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 216 pages
Isbn
9780801892837
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008052303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)281093412
  • ocn281093412
  • OCoLC
Label
Knights of the razor : black barbers in slavery and freedom, Douglas Walter Bristol, Jr
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The origins of black barbers -- Becoming knights of the razor -- Caught between regional origins and the barber's trade -- Self-improvementand self-loathing before the war -- Defining the meaning of freedom -- From barbershops to boardrooms
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 216 pages
Isbn
9780801892837
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008052303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)281093412
  • ocn281093412
  • OCoLC

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