Slavery to Wealth
The Life of Scott Bond
Dan. A. Rudd and Theo. Bond
Edited with a new Preface and Introduction by Willard B. Gatewood
era in which African Americans were oppressed and deprived
of many of the rights and privileges of citizenship, Scott
Bond rose frombeing born a slave inMadison County,Mississippi,
in the early 1850s to wealth and status as a farmer, merchant,
and business entrepreneur in Madison, Arkansas, by the early
1900s. From Slavery to Wealth is the story of an extraordinary
individual widely known and respected at the time of its first
publication in 1917, for his integrity, prodigious energy,
and strong work ethic. Throughout his career he never wearied
of imploring African Americans to seize the opportunities
offered them in the South in general and in the Arkansas Delta
in particular. Scott Bond enjoyed an enviable reputation among
blacks as well as whites. This reputation ultimately extended
far beyond his local community to prominent blacks throughout
the South and elsewhere, especially after he gained wider
exposure as a conspicuous figure in the National Negro Business
League in the early years of the twentieth century.
With this 2008 reprint edition, the current generation can
be inspired by the man who has been referred to as the black
John D. Rockefeller of Arkansas.
B. Gatewood is Alumni Distinguished Professor of History emeritus
at the University of Arkansas,Fayetteville, and the author
or coauthor of eleven other books, including Aristocrats of
Color (University of Arkansas Press, 2000).
ISBN 978-0-9768007-6-7 | 0-9768007-6-4
6 x 9 336 pages with 72 photographs and index
for Phoenix International.