The guarantee : P.W. Chavers, banker, entrepreneur, philanthropist in Chicago's Black Belt of the twenties /

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Main Author: Chavers-Wright, Madrue, 1916-
Format: Book
Edition:2nd ed.
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An interesting biography; its major themes are characterized in its subtitle. The book is written in a lively style by the subject's daughter, using her father's papers, pictures, and notes assembled more than 30 years ago. Considering the postreconstruction and Progressive eras and beyond, there is little research of the ``personal struggles, the triumphs and infighting of middle-class black Americans.'' Pearl William Chavers was born in Columbus, Ohio. He worked his way through Hudson College, a private business institution, studying law and banking. In 1901, he established a newspaper, The Columbus Standard (later renamed The Ohio Standard World), and in 1907 a ladies garment factory. In 1917, he migrated to the Chicago Black Belt, where he reestablished his ladies garment factory. Five years later he founded the Douglas National Bank (named after Frederick Douglas). He also helped to develop legislation ``leading eventually to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation banking laws.'' This biography is also filled with interesting vignettes about the Chicago race riot (1919), Booker T. Washington, the big band era, urban politics, and the Harlem Renaissance. Recommended for college and public libraries.-H.L. Prather Sr., Tennessee State University

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