Crystal Moten

Dickinson College

    Crystal M. Moten is postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at Dickinson College. In 2013, she received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; her dissertation is entitled "More Than a Job: Black Women's Economic Citizenship in the Twentieth Century Urban North." Moten is currently working on her manuscript, "The Business of Civil Rights: Black Women, Justice, and Entrepreneurship in Postwar Milwaukee," which assesses the lives, experiences, and community-building efforts of black businesswomen of that era. During the long Civil Rights Movement, these African-American businesswomen engaged in economic spatial resistance, used their business acumen and professional networks to provide services for the growing African-American community, forged interracial alliances, and critiqued the status quo that sustained de facto segregation and discrimination in the city of Milwaukee. The book will explore the contests these women faced as they struggled to realize their own economic goals and have an impact on their community.

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