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Madam C.J. Walker
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Authored by: A'Lelia Bundles
  • From the Series: Black Americans of Achievement: Legacy Edition
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604130725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-072-0
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 08/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 338
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 110

Summary

Madam C.J. Walker, the first woman—black or white—to become a self-made millionaire, started out as a laundress with few prospects. Originally named Sarah Breedlove, she was the first in her formerly enslaved family to be born free. Poor for most of her life, Walker invented a line of hair-care products when she was 37 years old. Eleven years later, she owned and operated her own thriving business, the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. She trained thousands of consultants—almost all of them women—who purchased her products for resale to their customers throughout the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean. Through her work, Walker created a legacy of pride and do-it-yourself spirit that still resonates today. Read about this remarkable woman and her legacy in Madam C.J. Walker: Entrepreneur.

Specifications

Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Chronology. Further reading and Web sites. Index.

About the Author(s)

A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C.J. Walker’s great-great-granddaughter, continues the Walker legacy as a member of several nonprofit boards, including the Madam Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the Foundation for the National Archives, and the Columbia University Board of Trustees.

Reviews and Awards

"...go[es] beyond the typical personal information to provide some social history relevant to the subject's time. Captioned photographs and boxed inserts enhance the conversational texts."


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