In the middle decades of the nineteenth century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. He was reportedly the richest African American man in the United States, possessing a fortune of $2 million, or in excess of $250 million in today's currency.
In Prince of Darkness, a groundbreaking and vivid account, eminent historian Shane White reveals the larger-than-life story of a man who defied every convention of his time. He wheeled and dealed in the lily white business world, he married a white woman, he bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, he owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride, and generally set his white contemporaries teeth on edge when he wasn't just plain outsmarting them. An important contribution to American history, Hamilton's life offers a way into considering, from the unusual perspective of a black man, subjects that are usually seen as being quintessentially white, totally segregated from the African American past.
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"The urbane John Lee skillfully narrates the story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, who was among the earliest celebrity business tycoons. In the mid-eighteenth century, the free black man outsmarted his white contemporaries with their own shady methods, which earned him their enmity and the nickname "The Prince of Darkness." The bigotry of that time is reflected in Lee's delivery of the words of newspapermen, judges, and immigrant rabble--all of whom considered themselves Hamilton's betters. Lee captures the author's belief that, while successful, Hamilton was a victim of his times, a black man who was not given credit for his achievements but instead was seen as "uppity." This sparkling production brings Hamilton out of the shadows and into the light, where he belongs. D.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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