Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

University of Mississippi

Shennette Garrett-Scott

Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies

Office Hours: Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and By Appointment

Longstreet Hall 304
(662) 915-5977 |  smgscott@olemiss.edu

Education
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2011

Teaching and Research Interests
20th-century United States, African American, Women’s History, Southern History, Capitalism Studies, Business History

Shennette Garrett-Scott is a historian of gender, race, and business who focuses on black women in insurance and banking. She is using her fellowship year at Princeton University’s Davis Center to complete her manuscript, Invincible Daughters of Commerce: The St. Luke Bank and Black Women in Finance, 1900-1940s. The Independent Order of St. Luke (iosl), a secret society started by a free woman of color before the Civil War, opened a bank in 1903 that operated as the longest-operating, black-controlled bank until its sale in 2011. Invincible Daughters of Commerce places race, gender, and class formation at the center of twentieth-century U.S. finance. It is the first history of the insurance and banking industries that focuses on black women, tracing how they saved, lent, and invested from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. The book stresses how U.S. financial markets and institutions shaped and were shaped by racial and gendered notions of risk and citizenship. Financial institutions controlled by black women force a reconsideration of political power and civic virtue, economic values and practices, and cultural meanings of wealth, prosperity, and opportunity. In looking at the underexplored roles of black women in finance and credit, Invincible Daughters of Commerce addresses critical questions about the extent to which blacks in general and black women in particular acted as agents in the construction of risk and economic citizenship in the U.S. political economy.

 Publications include:
“‘To Do a Work that Would Be Very Far Reaching’: Minnie Geddings Cox, the Mississippi Life Insurance Company, and the Challenges of Black Women’s Business Leadership in the Early Twentieth-Century United States,” Enterprise and Society 17, No. 3 (September, 2016): 473–514.

“‘The Hope of the South’: The New Century Cotton Mill of Dallas, Texas, and the Business of Race in the New South, 1902–1907,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 116, No. 2 (October, 2012): 138–166. This article won the Texas State Historical Association’s Carroll Award for Best Article

Current Course Descriptions:

HST 414 – African American History Survey to 1865

HST 418 – African American Women’s History

Courses Taught Include:
African American History Survey to and since 1865
Black Women’s Enterprise and Activism in the Long Freedom Struggle
Oprah Winfrey, Gender, Race, and Power
Black Image in Popular Movies
Experiences of Black Mississippians
Origins of the Jim Crow South
African American Historiography (Graduate)
Readings from Civil War to the Present (Graduate)

Courses Developing:
History of Black Business
African American Experience through Literature (Team Taught)