Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills

Black Fortunes

“By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history.”—Margot Lee Shetterly, Author of the New York Times Bestseller Hidden FiguresThe astonishing untold history of America’s first black millionaires—former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, fr...

Details Black Fortunes

TitleBlack Fortunes
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, Business, Historical

Reviews Black Fortunes

  • Jill Hutchinson
    What an interesting book on the the lives of six African-Americans who through hard work, intelligence, strength and in some cases, luck, became millionaires in the pre- and post-Civil War period. In a time of terrible racial hatred and little or no opportunity for a Black man/woman to have a chance to make a decent living, these men and women overcame all the odds to set an example for the generations to follow. They became involved in property ...
  • Diego
    In the spirit of learning history during Black History month: Six life stories of the first African-American slaves that became millionaires, prior to the Civil War and leading into the early 1900s. I was unable to put this down as all experience much hardship during their rise. All stories are very different, but common in the sense of hardship. Very hard to read about our history of this kind; hard to believe people were treated in this uncivil...
  • Jamal
    Completely Blown away by this well researched Gem. Shomari wills presented the lives of these millionaires in such a cool way. Learned so many amazing things.
  • Sarah Beth
    I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins. This work of non-fiction tells the story of the first black millionaires in America's history. These include six entrepreneurs including Mary Ellen Pleasant, who capitalized on the Gold Rush; Robert Reed Church who made his wealth off of landowning; Hannah Elias, who received most of her wealth from her wealthy white lover; O.W. Gurley who developed a section of Tulsa, Oklahoma into a town for pr...
  • David Wineberg
    Millionaires today are no big deal. Half of Congress is millionaires. Not impressed. But the first six black American millionaires is a terrific story. These unlikely individuals started off with huge disadvantages, from race to skin color to illiteracy to being slaves or the children of slaves. That they rose to wealth in such a hostile environment – civil war, reconstruction, Jim Crow – makes them all the more impressive. And half of them w...
  • Linda Smatzny
    This is a very informative and interesting book about six African Americans who had great financial success just after the Civil War into the new century. The book is history but reads like fiction in that it flows with none of the dryness of some history books. The book contains some pictures. It was a quick easy read.
  • Lenora Patterson
    Required readingA treasure trove of little-known black history facts, setting the record straight on many myths as well. Engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking, this book should be required reading in high school!
  • Max Rubin
    These early millionaires were pioneers pointing the way for future black success stories. Suggest
  • Brandi Brown
    Informative and CompellingThis book is well written and well researched. I was impressed with the storytelling as well as the deep dive into history.
  • Mrs. Varela
    Shomari Wills has written an excellent account of unsung individuals who thrived during times when all odds were against them. These are stories that need to be shared from generation to generation.