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On Her Own Ground :Madam C J Walker

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andlt;Iandgt;On Her Own Groundandlt;/Iandgt; is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker — the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist — by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles. andlt;BRandgt; The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then — with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women — everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century politi-cal figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;On Her Own Groundandlt;/Iandgt; is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history's most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author's exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker's complex relationship with her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as "Freedom Baby," "Motherless Child," "Bold Moves" and "Black Metropolis," Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by four generations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, andlt;Iandgt;On Her Own Ground andlt;/Iandgt; reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.

Synopsis:

Bundles, a journalist and great-great-granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, offers a lively portrait of an American businesswoman. Walker, the first freeborn child of slaves, rose from poverty to establish a successful hair-care business, became one of the wealthiest women in the United States, and devote herself to a life of activism and philanthropy toward race and women's issues. 16 page photo insert.

Synopsis:

On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker — the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist — by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles.

The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then — with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women — everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century politi-cal figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

On Her Own Ground is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history's most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author's exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker's complex relationship with her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as Freedom Baby, Motherless Child, Bold Moves and Black Metropolis, Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by fourgenerations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, On Her Own Ground reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;A'Lelia Bundlesandlt;/bandgt;, an award-winning network television news producer and former ABC News Washington deputy bureau chief, is director of talent development for ABC News. She is the author of numerous essays, articles, and encyclopedia entries about her great-great-grandmother, Madam C.J. Walker, and a young-adult biography, andlt;iandgt;Madam C.J. Walker: Entrepreneur,andlt;/iandgt; which won an American Book Award. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Visit her Web site at www.madamcjwalker.com.

Table of Contents

Contents

Biological Ancestors of Fairy Mae Bryant

Descendants of Owen Breedlove, Sr.

Prologue

  1. Freedom Baby

  2. Motherless Child

  3. Wife, Mother, Widow

  4. St. Louis Woman

  5. Answered Prayers

  6. World's Fair

  7. Westward

  8. On the Road

  9. Bold Moves

  10. "The Salvation of Your Boys and Girls"

  11. "I Promoted Myself..."

  12. Breaking Ties, Making Ties

  13. Sweet Satisfaction

  14. New Horizons

  15. Black Metropolis

  16. Southern Tour

  17. "We Should Protest"

  18. War Abroad, War at Home

  19. Her Dream of Dreams

  20. Global Visions

  21. "I Want to Live to Help My Race"

A'Lelia Walker: An Afterword

Epilogue

Endnotes

Selected Bibliography

Permissions

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743431729
Author:
Bundles, A'Lelia Perry
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Author:
Bundles, A'Lelia Perry
Location:
New York
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cosmetics industry.
Subject:
African American women executives
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Cosmetics industry -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Lisa Drew Books (Paperback)
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
January 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16p b/w insert
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 16.52 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Bundles, a journalist and great-great-granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, offers a lively portrait of an American businesswoman. Walker, the first freeborn child of slaves, rose from poverty to establish a successful hair-care business, became one of the wealthiest women in the United States, and devote herself to a life of activism and philanthropy toward race and women's issues. 16 page photo insert.
"Synopsis" by , On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker — the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist — by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles.

The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then — with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women — everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century politi-cal figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

On Her Own Ground is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history's most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author's exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker's complex relationship with her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as Freedom Baby, Motherless Child, Bold Moves and Black Metropolis, Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by fourgenerations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, On Her Own Ground reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.

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