By Carol Jenkins,Elizabeth Gardner Hines
Born at a time while the sour legacy of slavery and Reconstruction nonetheless poisoned the lives of black american citizens, Gaston was firm to make a distinction for himself and his humans. His first task, after serving within the celebrated all-black regiment in the course of international struggle I, certain him to the near-slavery of an Alabama coal mine—but even the following Gaston observed not just wish yet chance. He introduced a enterprise promoting lunches to fellow miners, quickly proven a rudimentary bank—and from then on there has been no preventing him. a type of black Horatio Alger, Gaston allow a unmarried, robust query be his consultant: What do our humans want now? His luck flowed from an uncanny genius for figuring out the reply.
Combining wealthy kin lore with a deep wisdom of yankee social and monetary historical past, Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Hines spread Gaston’s good fortune tale opposed to the backdrop of a century of crushing racial hatred and bigotry. Gaston not just survived the hardships of being black through the melancholy, he flourished, and via the Nineteen Fifties he was once ruling a Birmingham-based company empire. while the move for civil rights swept throughout the South within the overdue Nineteen Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties, Gaston supplied serious monetary aid to many activists.
At the time of his loss of life in 1996, A. G. Gaston used to be one of many wealthiest black males in the United States, if now not the wealthiest. yet his legacy prolonged a ways past the financial. He used to be a guy who had proved it was once attainable to beat outstanding odds and make a spot for himself as a pace-setter, a captain of undefined, and a far-sighted philanthropist. Writing with grace and gear, Jenkins and Hines deliver their distinctive ancestor totally to lifestyles within the pages of this e-book. Black Titan is the tale of a guy who created his personal future—and within the procedure, blazed a destiny for all black businesspeople in America.
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Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins,Elizabeth Gardner Hines