Prince of Darkness

Prince of Darkness

The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire

Book - 2015
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"A prominent historian brings to life the story of a man who defied every convention of his time by becoming Wall Street's first black millionaire in pre-Civil War New York, marrying a white woman, owning railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride and outsmarting his contemporaries,"--NoveList.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250070562
Branch Call Number: 921 HAMILTON, JEREMIAH
Characteristics: 360 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 24, 2017

It clearly took the author many years of research to write this book, and he vividly communicated his results. I now know that a black man once owned perhaps the most valuable piece of real estate in North America (Times Square, New York City), yet at the time he was unable to ride on a city bus or train without conditions attached. The book is long on details, newspaper excerpts, and transcripts of legal proceedings from which the author obtained much of his facts. Normally such detail would be monotonous and boring, yet in this case it served to ignite and fuel my interest. One downside is the unfortunate and misleading title, which seems to be one of the derogatory nicknames assigned to Hamilton. Overall it is a well written, ultra-informative book and should be on reading and educational lists for students and teachers alike.


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Mark_Daly Jul 20, 2016

"The forgotten story of Jeremiah Hamilton serves to remind us that African Americans too were actors in the history of American capitalism.... He offers us a way to reconsider subjects that are seen, without too much thought, as being quintessentially white, totally segregated from the African American past."


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