I am a woman that came from the cotton fields of the South; I was promoted from there to the wash-tub; then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations… Madam C. J. Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, 1912


Her dream of dreams: the rise and triumph of Madam C.J. Walker New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003 Beverly Lowry American women executives Biography,  Cosmetics industry United States History, Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919 Hardcover. 1st ed. 481 p.: ill., map; 25 cm. Includes bibliograhical references (p. 447-457) and index Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Madam C. J. Walker created a cosmetics empire and became known as the first female self-made millionaire in this nation’s history, a noted philanthropist and champion of women’s rights and economic freedom. These achievements seem nothing less than miraculous given that she was born, in 1867, to former slaves in a hamlet on the Mississippi River. How she came to live on another river, the Hudson, in a Westchester County mansion, and in a New York City town house, is at once inspirational and mysterious, because for all that is known about the famous entrepreneur, much that occurred before her magnificent transformation — years that trace a circuitous route across the country — remains obscure. By breathing life into scattered clues and dry facts, and with a deep understanding of the times and places through which Madam Walker moved, Beverly Lowry tells a story that stretches from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance and bridges nearly a century of our history in her search for the distant truths of a woman who defied all odds and redefined conventional expectations.

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