Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

?By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history.??Margot Lee Shetterly, New York Times Bestselling author of Hidden Figures Between the years of 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturit ?By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes ...

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Title:Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires
Author:Shomari Wills
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Genres:History
ISBN:0062437542
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires Reviews

  • Lois
    Jun 22, 2018
    This is really engaging and easily readable and enjoyable for those who don't normally enjoy non-fiction. The characters are treated with full stories told about them and their surroundings. It's a really interesting and informative look at this period in US history. I thoroughly en...
  • Miriam
    Mar 07, 2018
    The more I listened to this book, the more I wanted to know about the businesses and financial successes of these men and women. It was quite an achievement to earn and retain their millions. While I'd heard of Madame C.J. Walker, the others were new to me. A wonderful addition to ...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Mar 01, 2018
    What an interesting book on the the lives of six African-Americans who through hard work, intelligence, strength and in some cases, luck, became millionaires in the pre- and post-Civil War period. In a time of terrible racial hatred and little or no opportunity for a Black man/woman to...
  • Julie
    May 11, 2018
    This was great. Following the stories of the men and women in this book, you can see the various different ways there are of becoming rich. Moreover, it was a great way to sneak in a fair bit of history. I got snapshots of times and places I hadn't thought a lot about, from both a blac...
  • Ari
    Mar 10, 2018
    IQ "Early in our country's history, African Americans who achieved wealth were often attacked, demonized, or swindled out of their money by those who knew the Jim Crow court system would offer no redress to a black person. The black elite in their first decades of existence survived as...
  • Swantje
    Apr 03, 2018
    This book is kind of an exciting history lesson for me, since I didn't grow up here in the US, so I only got little bits and pieces. Even just the backgrounds to the stories in this book put some of the pieces together (e.g. I had heard the names of John Brown and Frederick Douglass, b...
  • Janna
    Apr 23, 2018
    I have so many thoughts after reading this book and most of them center around how incomplete the history lessons are that are taught in schools. I learned a lot from this book and I highly recommend it. ...
  • Sarah Beth
    Feb 14, 2018
    I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins. This work of non-fiction tells the story of the first black millionaires in America's history. These include six entrepreneurs including Mary Ellen Pleasant, who capitalized on the Gold Rush; Robert Reed Church who made his wealth ...
  • Chanel
    Jul 04, 2018
    During their lives, Mary Ellen Pleasant, Robert Reed Church, Ottawa W.Gurley, Annie Malone, Hannah Elias and Madam C.J. Walker were pioneers and inspirations to other African Americans and their allies. They faced slavery, Jim Crow, threats, death and other stressful occurrences ju...
  • Altershegoz
    Aug 02, 2018
    I thought that this book was phenomenal! I finished wanting to know what happened to Hannah Elias after she fled the United States for Paris! Although hurt by the fact, learning that there were 5 slave holding Native American Tribes was mind blowing! I finished this book in a weekend! ...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Mar 11, 2018
    Summary: The writing was simple, but I loved the stories and the important but forgotten history they revealed. This is the story of the first black millionaires - six amazing individuals, living barely post-Civil War, who overcame incredible odds to achieve success. They include me...
  • Jamal
    Feb 08, 2018
    Completely Blown away by this well researched Gem. Shomari wills presented the lives of these millionaires in such a cool way. Learned so many amazing things. ...
  • Mary
    Jun 26, 2018
    I didn't read every word! I was impatient with the changing stories with each chapter instead of following through with each of the six millionaires in order. I am glad to be aware of these stories of ambition and subterfuge and sadness. ...
  • Linda Smatzny
    Feb 26, 2018
    This is a very informative and interesting book about six African Americans who had great financial success just after the Civil War into the new century. The book is history but reads like fiction in that it flows with none of the dryness of some history books. The book contains some ...
  • Rebecca
    Mar 06, 2018
    Delving into the sparsely covered of black entrepreneurs, investors and creators this book is a fascinating peek at the lives and times of these first millionaires. It encompasses their childhoods through their deaths, the many highs and lows of gaining and losing wealth in addition to...
  • Jill
    Mar 07, 2018
    As the author notes, finding records of these early black millionaires would have been a challenge. As a result, there are gaps in the histories, but all in they describe the ?American Dream? and complicated politics from the standpoint of those who recently became free. ...
  • Tanya Barnett
    Apr 02, 2018
    This book was so enlightening! It inspired me to keep it moving with my businesses. I am so excited to be able to read it slowly. The historical aspect of overcoming challenges and not being swayed by other people who can not see your vision. The obstacles the people in this book h...
  • Karen Cowgill
    Apr 11, 2018
    Very good book!!! I had no idea there were so many black millionaires around the time of the Civil War! Their stories were inspiring and also a bit sad. MUST READ! ...
  • Wendy
    Mar 31, 2018
    This was a fascinating read. I saw this on a list of books about black history month, and I picked it up on a whim. Very glad I did. I have been trying to read more nonfiction and branch out of my comfort zone a bit, and this was a good choice for me. I knew nothing about any of the pe...
  • David Wineberg
    Jan 20, 2018
    Millionaires today are no big deal. Half of Congress is millionaires. Not impressed. But the first six black American millionaires is a terrific story. These unlikely individuals started off with huge disadvantages, from race to skin color to illiteracy to being slaves or the children ...
  • Atiba Maule
    May 17, 2018
    A well researched book seeing how records on black lives in the 1800s are poorly kept nor hardly recorded at all. This book is an inspiration to minority groups to give them hope that no matter the odds there is a way out. ...
  • Kiante
    Apr 10, 2018
    It was more than a biography about these millionaires, but it was great history in their rise to wealth while fighting against racism, Reconstruction, Jim Crow all while they promoted the rise of the black community whether on a local or national scale. ...
  • Lenora Patterson
    Feb 14, 2018
    Required reading A treasure trove of little-known black history facts, setting the record straight on many myths as well. Engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking, this book should be required reading in high school! ...
  • Diego
    Feb 19, 2018
    In the spirit of learning history during Black History month: Six life stories of the first African-American slaves that became millionaires, prior to the Civil War and leading into the early 1900s. I was unable to put this down as all experience much hardship during their rise. All st...
  • Madlyn
    Mar 31, 2018
    It is always difficult to learn the truth about the struggles and atrocities blacks had to endured simply by the color of their skin. ...
  • Andrew Angeleno
    Jul 01, 2018
    Inspiring stories. Moving. Puts my own challenges into perspective. The book starts of with a moving real life story of lost love that really grabs you. As a sailor myself, I was pleasantly surprised at the twist and turns that the lives of these six entrepreneurs took involving sailin...
  • Kathryn
    Mar 05, 2018
    Really interesting history and provides some more in depth human narratives to the broader history I have read of this post-emancipation period. I agree with others that the book needed better editing - there were a few too many errors in names such as referring to characters by differ...
  • Carolyn J
    Sep 11, 2018
    As the inside jacket states, Shomari Wills tells the little known history of the first six black millionaires in the U. S. between 1830 and 1927. Loved "Black Fortunes," especially the last third regarding Annie Turnbo Malone, creator of the Wonderful Hair Grower, and Madam C. J. Walke...
  • Eric
    Feb 21, 2018
    I am a huge history buff and I absolutely loved this book. The book discussed the first black millionaires and how they were all basically related. The fact that they had been through all this adversity and still were able to manage becoming millionaires it's amazing. I loved how it...
  • Porter Broyles
    Aug 22, 2018
    ?Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires? by Shomari Wills is a fun little book. It is very well written and tells the story of seven African Americans who became millionaires. My biggest gripe with the book is the su...