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Lucean Arthur HeadenThe Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur$
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Jill D. Snider

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654355

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654355.001.0001

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(p.161) Epilogue
Lucean Arthur Headen

Jill D. Snider

University of North Carolina Press

The epilogue reflects on what invention meant to Headen and to the larger artisanal class from which he came and examines his legacy. Addressed are his influence on other African American transportation technology pioneers, his encouragement of mechanization among British farmers, the role of his bi-fuel engine improvements in supporting the British war effort in World War II, and his long-term influence on engine designs and on anti-icing technologies for air and rotor craft, turbine engines, and wind turbines. The epilogue also probes historiographical questions illuminated by Headen’s story, including the nature of African American automobility in the 1920s, specifically the participation of black beauty culturalists as investors and the automobile’s role in expanding African American social networks; the influence of early religious leaders on the business strategies of African American entrepreneurs; and the implications that social networks carry for personal success and for future racial advancement.

Keywords:   artisanal class, African American automobility, African American entrepreneurs, business strategies, social networks, technological visions, transportation technologies

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