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The merchant prince of Black Chicago : Anthony Overton and the building of a financial empire

Author: Robert E Weems
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Born to enslaved parents, Anthony Overton became one of the leading African American entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. Overton's Chicago-based empire ranged from personal care products and media properties to insurance and finance. Yet, despite success and acclaim as the first business figure to win the NAACP's Spingarn Medal, Overton remains an enigma. Robert E. Weems Jr. restores Overton to his rightful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Livres numériques
Biography
Named Person: Anthony Overton
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert E Weems
ISBN: 0252043065 0252084934 9780252043062 9780252051920 0252051920 9780252084935
OCLC Number: 1153253933
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (xii, 210 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. Anthony Overton's Early Life: Myth versus Reality --
2. A Star Is Born: Initial Years in Chicago --
3. The Half-Century Magazine: 1916-1925 --
4. Business Titan: The Douglass National Bank and the Victory Life Insurance Company --
5. What Goes Up Must Come Down: The Impact of the Great Depression --
Epilogue: Final Years and Legacy --
Appendix A: North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company --
Appendix B: Atlanta Life Insurance Company --
Appendix C: Liberty Life Insurance Company Appendix D: Victory Life Insurance Company --
Notes --
SelectedBibliography --
Index --
Back Cover
Responsibility: Robert E. Weems Jr.

Abstract:

"Born to enslaved parents, Anthony Overton became one of the leading African American entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. Overton's Chicago-based empire ranged from personal care products and media properties to insurance and finance. Yet, despite success and acclaim as the first business figure to win the NAACP's Spingarn Medal, Overton remains an enigma. Robert E. Weems Jr. restores Overton to his rightful place in American business history. Dispelling stubborn myths, he traces Overton's rise from mentorship by Booker T. Washington, through early failures, to a fateful move to Chicago in 1911. There, Overton started a popular magazine aimed at African American women that helped him dramatically grow his cosmetics firm. Overton went on to become the first African American to head a major business conglomerate, only to lose significant parts of his businesses-and his public persona as "the merchant prince of his race"-in the Depression, before rebounding once again in the early 1940s. Revealing and panoramic, The Merchant Prince of Black Chicago weaves the fascinating life story of an African American trailblazer throughthe eventful history of his times"--

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"The Merchant Prince of Black Chicago clears the air around one of Black America's most successful businessmen and his time . . . a fascinating read." --Business History Review "An excellent business Read more...

 
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