By Elaine Brown
Brown's account of her existence on the optimum degrees of the Black Panther party's hierarchy. greater than a trip via a turbulent time in American historical past, this can be the tale of a black woman's conflict to outline herself.
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19 In the 1840s, Stephen Smith of Columbia, Pennsylvania, was one of the wealthiest black men in the country before the Civil War. He and William Whipper engaged in the coal and lumber business. Smith individually owned approximately 50 houses in the city of Philadelphia, and several more in Lancaster and Columbia, Pennsylvania. 20 Henry Boyd, who was in the manufacturing business, was born a slave in Kentucky on May 14, 1802, and learned cabinetmaking from one of his masters. In 1826, at the height of his trade, he settled in Cincinnati, formed a partnership with a white man, manufactured all types of furniture, and hired 20–50 black and white workmen.
100 The black church, however, will likely continue the trend toward opening for-proﬁt businesses to generate additional revenues to support its social outreach programs. 102 For these and other reasons, this book strongly suggests that African Americans must attempt to become economically independent, preferably as entrepreneurs, to the greatest extent possible regardless of the likelihood of business failure. The statistics suggest that the families of entrepreneurial African Americans fare better than those who assimilate into the job structure of the dominant culture.
In contrast, the inﬂation adjusted wages of college graduates rose 8 percent during this general period, while the wages of male high school graduates of all ages fell by 40 percent. ”83 Capitalism for all its virtues is not a perfect system and frequently requires government intervention. For quite a few years now, markets have been largely unregulated, and while it has had its beneﬁts, it also has drawbacks. Steven Pearlstein, writing in the Washington Post, noted that: But what Americans have also come to realize is that the same model is less adept at providing other things we value highly—things like safety, fairness, economic security, and environmental sustainability.
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story by Elaine Brown