The Introduction provides an overview of the life of early African American inventor, aviator, auto racer, engineer, and entrepreneur, Lucean Arthur Headen, It also prefaces the biography’s main themes, including Headen’s childhood influences; the obstacles he faced as an African American independent inventor, including segregation and the increasing corporatization of invention; the social networks on which he relied to build his career; the “coalition economics” strategy he employed to succeed; his emigration to England in 1931 and his career there until his death in 1957; his legacy as a designer of automotive engine improvements and anti-icing methods for aircraft; and his role as a transportation technology promoter.
Keywords: African American aviators, African American inventors, African American emigrants, African American engineers, African American entrepreneurs, anti-icing methods, coalition economics, independent inventors, social networks, transportation technologies
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