Book Review: Black Fortunes


Wills clinched a winner with Black Fortunes – The Story of the Top Six African American Who escaped slavery and became a millionaire. As the title suggests, the author has portrayed the stories of six people: Mary Ellen Pleasant, Robert Church Reed, O.W. Gurley, Hannah Elias and Annie Turnbo Malone and Mrs. C.J. Walker. While some may know the story of Madame's hair care empire, I think the stories of her predecessors are just as compelling.

What makes a book a page turner? You see the determination, resourcefulness, courage, brilliance and faith of people who, despite their beginnings, pursued their dreams; as a result, they amassed a fortune – enduring indescribable circumstances. You are engaged from start to finish. This article discusses some of the benefits that I think any reader will gain.

5 advantages

· History

Burke claimed that "those who do not know history are destined to repeat it". Black Fortune contains a ton of American history. You name it – Slavery, Reconstruction, Segregation, Jim Crow, West Growth, Native American Resettlement, Business, Real Estate, Housing, Government , dating / race relations, and you will find it. Also, find out how millionaires used their money to support abolitionists.

Indeed, I suggest that high school and college teachers consider making this book required reading for history or business classes. In addition to gaining knowledge that has been preserved in history books, students will make connections between the past and the present. How do you avoid repeating what you don't know?

· Case studies

Along with the benefit of a unique historical perspective, the book provides six amazing case studies. Despite the conditions, each person has found a way to survive and thrive. Like many rich people African American Today, these people have used their prosperity to support good causes. Therefore, their stories present lessons about starting a business (marketing, research, talent recruitment, business expansion, capital raising, investment, product development, community involvement, etc.). Simply put, the rise of Black Wall Street deserves careful analysis. You are sure to evoke a range of emotions and lively discussions.

· Insight

At the same time, Black Fortunes offers insight for entrepreneurs. The pioneers shared a strong intuitiveness as well as a talent for taking risks. Unlike many who cry out in fear in the face of adversity, this group has been looking for opportunities. Additionally, they have devised strategies for leveraging the products and services.

Are you an entrepreneur? If you answered yes, you need a copy. By reading a chapter or two on the days when things seem impossible, you are sure to achieve understanding and encouragement.

· Inspiration

When you look at what these six people went through, everyone will be inspired to live a life of purpose, especially people of color. How does someone barely come out of slavery not only pull themselves up, but outdo those who oppressed them? They had less to work, they faced insurmountable difficulties, and they could not openly enjoy the fruits of their labor. In short, they proved everyone wrong by dismantling stereotypes. So if the six people featured in this book achieved what they did back then, today we can do more.

· Entertainment

Someone once said: "Anyone who tries to distinguish between education and entertainment also doesn't know the first thing". In my opinion, this book makes a good movie; he teaches and inspires.


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