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Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

University of Mississippi

Shennette Garrett-Scott

Associate Professor of History and African American Studies

Office Hours: By Appointment

Longstreet Hall 314
(662) 915-5977 |

Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Shennette Garrett-Scott is a historian of gender, race, and capitalism. Her first book Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press, 2019) is the first full-length history of finance capitalism that centers black women and the banking institutions and networks they built from the eve of the Civil War to the Great Depression. Black women played essential roles in black communities’ efforts to use finance to carve out possibilities within U.S. capitalism and society. Financial institutions and practices represented a terrain upon which black women worked out familial and community strategies to achieve economic and social justice under the Jim Crow system of racial apartheid—even as those same institutions and practices constrained what constituted justice.

Her forthcoming projects include “Domesticating Racial Capitalism,” about industrial sewing schools during early Reconstruction; Horror Island, about peonage and bootlegging in the Deep South; and Black Empire, about a colony of African American sharecroppers in Mexico during the Porfirian regime.


Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press, 2019)

With Dominique Scott, “This Ain’t Yo’ Mama’s Revolution—Or Maybe It Is: #TakeDownTheFlag and the New Student Activism,” in Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, eds. Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea D. Domingue, and

Tania D. Mitchell (SUNY Press, 2019)

“‘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 (September 2016)

Courses Taught

African American History Survey to and since 1865
African American Women’s History
Black Women’s Enterprise and Activism in the Black 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 in U.S. History from Civil War to the Present (Graduate)

Courses in Development

African American History through Literature (Team Taught)
Black Capitalism