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

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Madam C. J. Walker is an American rags-to-riches icon. Born to former slaves in Louisiana in 1867, she went on to become a prominent African American businesswoman and the first female self-made millionaire in U.S. history. The story of her transformation from a laundress to a tremendously successful entrepreneur is both inspirational and mysterious, as many of the details of her early life remain obscure. In this superior biography, Beverly Lowrys abundant research fleshes out Walkers thinly documented story and frames it in the roiling race relations of her day.

Walker grew up illiterate and worked as a washerwoman well into her thirties before staking her future on a “Wonderful Hair Grower.” Defying all odds, Walker learned to read and write, mastered marketing and spin, and built a booming cosmetics empire that provided lucrative work for thousands of black women and allowed her to engage in philanthropy and civil rights activism until her death in a Westchester mansion in 1919. Spanning from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance, Lowry brings this intriguing and important woman vividly to life.

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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:
9780679768036
Author:
Lowry, Beverly
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
7.98x5.18x.95 in. .98 lbs.

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