As an African-American it is very hard to argue the position of liberty. The people who believe that I would (literally) be in chains without our benevolent overlords(or least be unable to find work) have a stranglehold among the black intellegensia.
I could find little scholarship about about the achievements of African-Americans(and other racial minorities) made IN SPITE of the government in the late 19th century. I am aware that the HBCUs(Historically Black Colleges) were all started without federal funding, and that reportedly Madame CJ Walker(known for inventing hair care products for african american women) was one of the first female millionaires in American History who earned her wealth, which she invested in a bank.
Would definitely appreciate recommended reading on this subject, as it of great concern in statism’s hold over my racial community.
I would have a look at Thomas Sowell’s book Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality? Some interesting statistics in there about black employment before and after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sowell is implicitly saying that government winds up getting all the credit for things blacks themselves did. I can’t remember if there’s anything useful in Sowell’s book Markets and Minorities. I’d also recommend looking into S.B. Fuller, the entrepreneur I talk about in 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask.
Walter Williams’ book The State Against Blacks, while a bit dated now, shows the other side of the story: all the not-so-obvious ways blacks have been hurt by the state. We hear all about the wonderful things the state has done, but not about these things.