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Mingham based business empire When the movement for civil rights swept through the South in the late s and early s Gaston provided critical financial support to many activistsAt the time of his death in A G Gaston was one of the wealthiest black men in America if not the wealthiest But his legacy extended far beyond the monetary He was a man who had proved it was possible to overcome staggering odds and make a place for himself as a leader a captain of industry and a far sighted philanthropist Writing with grace and power Jenkins and Hines bring their distinguished ancestor fully to life in the pages of this book Black Titan is the story of a man who created his own futureand in the process blazed a future for all black businesspeople in America From the Hardcover editi.
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During World War I bound him to the near slavery of an Alabama coal minebut even here Gaston saw not only hope but opportunity He launched a business selling lunches to fellow miners soon established a rudimentary bankand from then on there was no stopping him A kind of black Horatio Alger Gaston let a single powerful uestion be his guide What do our people need nowHis success flowed from an uncanny genius for knowing the answer Combining rich family lore with a deep knowledge of American social and economic history Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Hines unfold Gastons success story against the backdrop of a century of crushing racial hatred and bigotry Gaston not only survived the hardships of being black during the Depression he flourished and by the s he was ruling a Bir.
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The grandson of slaves born into poverty in in the Deep South A G Gaston diedthan a century later with a fortune worth well over million and a business empire spanning communications real estate and insurance Gaston was by any measure a heroic figure whose wealth and influence bore comparison to J P Morgan and Andrew Carnegie Here for the first time is the story of the life of this extraordinary pioneer told by his niece and grandniece the award winning television journalist Carol Jenkins and her daughter Elizabeth Gardner HinesBorn at a time when the bitter legacy of slavery and Reconstruction still poisoned the lives of black Americans Gaston was determined to make a difference for himself and his people His first job after serving in the celebrated all black regiment.
- Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire
- Carol Jenkins
- 12 January 2019 Carol Jenkins