White-Collar Profession African American Certified Public Accountants since 1921

ISBN-10: 0807853771

ISBN-13: 9780807853771

Edition: 2002

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Description: Among the major professions, certified public accountancy has the most severe underrepresentation of African Americans: less than one percent of CPAs are black. Theresa Hammond explores the history behind this statistic and chronicles the courage and determination of African Americans who sought to enter the field. In the process, she expands our understanding of the links between race, education, and economics. Drawing on interviews with pioneering black CPAs, among other sources, Hammond sets the stories of black CPAs against the backdrop of the rise of accountancy as a profession, the particular challenges that African Americans trying to enter the field faced, and the strategies that enabled some blacks to become CPAs. Prior to the 1960s, few white-owned accounting firms employed African Americans. Only through nationwide networks established by the first black CPAs did more African Americans gain the requisite professional experience. The civil rights era saw some progress in integrating the field, and black colleges responded by expanding their programs in business and accounting. In the 1980s, however, the backlash against affirmative action heralded the decline of African American participation in accountancy and paved the way for the astonishing lack of diversity that characterizes the field today.

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Theresa A. Hammond is associate professor of accounting and Ernst and Young Research Fellow in Diversity Studies at the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Illustrations, Figures, and Table
Acknowledgments
A White-Collar Profession
The Whitest Profession
The Firsters
The Black Metropolis
Postwar Cpas: Overcoming Barriers
The 1960s: Decade of Change
Accounting Programs at Black Colleges
The Momentum is Lost
Entering a New Century
Appendix: The First 100 African American Cpas
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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