↠ Black Titan: A. G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire || ☆ PDF Read by ï Carol Jenkins Elizabeth Gardner Hines
Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM By Carol Jenkins Elizabeth Gardner Hines

The grandson of slaves, born into poverty in 1892 in the Deep South, A G Gaston died than a century later with a fortune worth well over 130 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 firstThe grandson of slaves, born into poverty in 1892 in the Deep South, A G Gaston died than a century later with a fortune worth well over 130 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 Hines.Born 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 during World War I, bound him to the near slavery of an Alabama coal mine but even here Gaston saw not only hope but opportunity He launched a business selling lunches to fellow miners, soon established a rudimentary bank and from then on there was no stopping him A kind of black Horatio Alger, Gaston let a single, powerful question be his guide What do our people need now His 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 Gaston s 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 1950s he was ruling a Birmingham based business empire When the movement for civil rights swept through the South in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Gaston provided critical financial support to many activists.At the time of his death in 1996, 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 future and in the process, blazed a future for all black businesspeople in America.
  • Title: Black Titan: A. G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire
  • Author: Carol Jenkins Elizabeth Gardner Hines
  • ISBN: 9780345453471
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover

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Heather Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
I had never heard of A.G. Gaston before this book showed up on Book Bub last year.  I'm glad I found out about him.  He had a remarkable life.A.G. Gaston's grandparents were slaves.  His grandfather worked with horses and his grandmother was an accomplished cook.  These were considered "privileged" positions.  When slavery ended they stayed on working for the family that previously owned them.  His grandmother taught his mother to cook and she also earned a living working for wealthy white [...]
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Debbie J Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
Black Titan is a strong if more than slightly biased retelling of Gaston's life by his niece and grandniece, Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines.I found it a bit slow to read what with its somewhat scholarly tone. However, I enjoyed the photos of Mr. and Mrs. Gaston sightseeing noted locations around the world and meeting renowned historical figures.Until this book appeared on Bookbub I’d never heard of Gaston. I think it’s curious he isn't a bigger household name given his key role in [...]
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Carl Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
Interesting story about a black man who was a major player in the business world in Alabama - pre-civil rights era no less. The entrepreneurship of A.G. Gaston was impressive. He had businesses in a number of sectors from funeral homes to a bottling company. Although the pace of the book is slow, the story was engaging, to me at least.
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Mehrsa Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
It was a very interesting read, but it's written by Gaston's niece so it was frustratingly biased. I would love to read more about this man and the tension of being a black millionaire and how that put him in conflict with the Civil Rights movement and there is a little in here to illuminate that struggle, but her main mission seems to be to defend Gaston against his critics.
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Joel Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
At one time labeled a "Super-Uncle Tom" by Fred Shuttlesworth, A.G. Gaston was the exemplar of the Booker T. Washington philosophy of black empowerment. Raised by a mother who used her inherited talents as a cook to escape the virtual slavery of share-cropping, Gaston capitalized on his tenth-grade education to build an empire of businesses valued at $120 million when he retired. This biography, written by his niece and grandniece, chronicles Gaston's use of thrift, native business acumen, and r [...]
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GarethCuddy Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
In this candid biography, written by his niece and great-niece, Gastons life is recounted alongside the story of a changing America. Born in 1896, Gaston lived until he was 103, his life spanning eras of incredible change in the country he deeply loved even though,despite his wealth and invitations to the White House, he had to use the doors marked "Niggers/Freight" for most of his life. This book proved to be an exceptionally easy and rewarding read. set against the dramatic backdrop of virulen [...]
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Eric Wingo Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
Great story about an often forgotten figure in the civil rights movement. A.G. Gaston is the definition of a spectacular and relentless businessman. Favorite quote: There's a story that A. G. Gaston liked to tell about his early life in Demopolis, something his mother taught him that he never forgot. He had been sitting at the kitchen table in his grandparents' log cabin, his cousin Gaston Stern seated just beside him. Rosie, Art's mother, had placed an apple on the table between the two boys an [...]
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LaMarr D Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
As a lover of biographies, auto-biographies, and memoirs, this book is one of the best biographies I have ever read. The authors’ writing simply flowed and they seamlessly intertwined U.S. History, during the Civil Rights Era, into the context while putting the story of A.G. Gaston's life on paper. I learned so much more about the Civil Rights era from reading this book, and that compelled me to appreciate the book even more. To see the relationship between Dr. MLK and A.G. Gaston was eye-open [...]
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Mikey Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
What a great inspiration. This book should be required reading for everyone in the United States. This book is about A. G. Gaston's working life. The grandson of former slaves built an enormous empire through a time period when Negroes were on the bottom rung in America.
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Kevin Bowen Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
A story not expertly written, but lovingly and honestly sharedI had never heard of A.G. Gaston, but now I will always remember his story, his contributions and his lessons. What an amazing journey!
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Sharon Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
This book was such an inspirational look through history! It provided the knowledge that people of color can be financially successful despite the racism and negativity around them. This book should be read in history classes everywhere!
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Lydell Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
A business bio written by family members can have its pluses and minuses. On the one hand, the authors have access to oral histories and personal documents that can shed meaningful insight on the subject. Yet family alliances can weaken a biography in the form of self-censorship.
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Cecil Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
I read this because A G Gaston is from Demopolis and I have heard his name all my life, but knew little about him. He was a Titan - he had a 10th grade education and became a billionaire because of his 10 principles of business. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in the business profession.
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Sherreka Burton Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
An interesting part of history for sure.
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Kevin Dorival Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
A.G. Gaston inspired me to think BIG! This guy was hustling sandwiches on his lunch break and years later became a multi-millionaire! Phenomenal!
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conway wilson Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
Great book of a positive manI've been reading a lot of books on black history good and bad is is one of the better books I've read
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Michael Thomas Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
Great story with some key historical value.
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William Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
This piece of history about a man who all but financed the Civil Rights go largely unknown. His place as one of America's greatest business minds is under appreciated.
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Chavon Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
I feel like this book was unnecessarily long. On top of that, the copy I downloaded had several page missing. The best part of this book was reading of Gaston's involvement with the Civil Rights era. The book went into great detail about Alabama & the city of Birmingham, and dare I say that was more interesting than Gaston's life. Though he overcame many obstacles and was extremely successful, his life's story did not make for a dynamic read.
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Peter B. Jun 15, 2019 - 21:26 PM
Inspiring! A must read! A grandson of slaves, a pioneer, a heroic figure, an entrepreneur, a boss, a maverick, and a person who straight up did big things and helped so many people on the way. Thank you Carol Jenkins for sharing his story with the world. We appreciate you for this! For those that want to read more about him, you can read his autobiography: "Green Power: The Successful Way of A.G. Gaston". Peace,
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Black Titan: A. G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire By Carol Jenkins Elizabeth Gardner Hines The grandson of slaves, born into poverty in 1892 in the Deep South, A G Gaston died than a century later with a fortune worth well over 130 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 firstThe grandson of slaves, born into poverty in 1892 in the Deep South, A G Gaston died than a century later with a fortune worth well over 130 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 Hines.Born 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 during World War I, bound him to the near slavery of an Alabama coal mine but even here Gaston saw not only hope but opportunity He launched a business selling lunches to fellow miners, soon established a rudimentary bank and from then on there was no stopping him A kind of black Horatio Alger, Gaston let a single, powerful question be his guide What do our people need now His 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 Gaston s 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 1950s he was ruling a Birmingham based business empire When the movement for civil rights swept through the South in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Gaston provided critical financial support to many activists.At the time of his death in 1996, 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 future and in the process, blazed a future for all black businesspeople in America.

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