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Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C. J. Walker

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“I am a woman that came from the cotton fields of the South; I was promoted from there to the wash-tub; then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.”

--Madam C. J. Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, 1912

Now, from a writer acclaimed for her novels and the memoir Crossed Over, a remarkable biography of a truly heroic figure.

Madam C. J. Walker created a cosmetics empire and became known as the first female self-made millionaire in this nation’s history, a noted philanthropist and champion of women’s rights and economic freedom. These achievements seem nothing less than miraculous given that she was born, in 1867, to former slaves in a hamlet on the Mississippi River. How she came to live on another river, the Hudson, in a Westchester County mansion, and in a New York City town house, is at once inspirational and mysterious, because for all that is known about the famous entrepreneur, much that occurred before her magnificent transformation—years that trace a circuitous route across the country—remains obscure.

By breathing life into scattered clues and dry facts, and with a deep understanding of the times and places through which Madam Walker moved, Beverly Lowry tells a story that stretches from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance and bridges nearly a century of our history in her search for the distant truths of a woman who defied all odds and redefined conventional expectations.

“Wherever there was one colored person, whether it was a city, a town, or a puddle by the railroad tracks, everybody knew her name.”

--Violet Davis Reynolds, Stenographer, Madam C. J. Walker Co

Book News Annotation:

Lowry (creative nonfiction, George Mason U.) tells how a child born in a sharecropper's cabin to former slaves invented a hair- care product for African-American women, sold it successfully in a city she had just moved to, turned her little business into an empire, renovated a Harlem townhouse, filled it with treasures, and entertained there the most influential figures of her time. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In this biography of the daughter of ex-slaves who created a cosmetics empire, Lowry tells a story of the first female self-made millionaire that stretches from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance and bridges nearly a century. of photos.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliograhical references (p. 447-457) and index

Synopsis:

Now, from a writer acclaimed for her novels and the memoir Crossed Over, a remarkable biography of a truly heroic figure.

Madam C. J. Walker created a cosmetics empire and became known as the first female self-made millionaire in this nation's history, a noted philanthropist, and champion of women's rights and economic freedom. These achievements seem nothing less than miraculous given that she was born, in 1867, to former slaves in a hamlet on the Mississippi River. How she came to live on another river, the Hudson, in a Westchester County mansion, and in a New York City town house, is at once inspirational and mysterious, because for all that is known about the famous entrepreneur, much that occurred before her magnificent transformation was complete (years that trace a circuitous route across the country) remains obscure.

By breathing life into scattered clues and dry facts, and with a deep understanding of the times and places through which Madam Walker moved, Beverly Lowry tells a story that stretches from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance and bridges nearly a century of our history in her search for the distant truths of a woman who defied all odds and redefined conventional expectations.

About the Author

The author of six novels—and of Crossed Over, the story of her friendship with Karla Faye Tucker—Beverly Lowry is the director of the Creative Nonfiction Program at George Mason University. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679446422
Author:
Lowry, Beverly
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cosmetics industry.
Subject:
African American women executives
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 234
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.46x6.74x1.68 in. 1.97 lbs.

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Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C. J. Walker
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Product details 496 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780679446422 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this biography of the daughter of ex-slaves who created a cosmetics empire, Lowry tells a story of the first female self-made millionaire that stretches from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance and bridges nearly a century. of photos.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliograhical references (p. 447-457) and index
"Synopsis" by , Now, from a writer acclaimed for her novels and the memoir Crossed Over, a remarkable biography of a truly heroic figure.

Madam C. J. Walker created a cosmetics empire and became known as the first female self-made millionaire in this nation's history, a noted philanthropist, and champion of women's rights and economic freedom. These achievements seem nothing less than miraculous given that she was born, in 1867, to former slaves in a hamlet on the Mississippi River. How she came to live on another river, the Hudson, in a Westchester County mansion, and in a New York City town house, is at once inspirational and mysterious, because for all that is known about the famous entrepreneur, much that occurred before her magnificent transformation was complete (years that trace a circuitous route across the country) remains obscure.

By breathing life into scattered clues and dry facts, and with a deep understanding of the times and places through which Madam Walker moved, Beverly Lowry tells a story that stretches from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance and bridges nearly a century of our history in her search for the distant truths of a woman who defied all odds and redefined conventional expectations.

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