The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck And Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South
Indiana University Press
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In this richly revealing biography of a major, but
little-known, American businessman and philanthropist, Peter
Ascoli brings to life a portrait of Julius Rosenwald, the
man and his work. The son of first-generation German Jewish
immigrants, Julius Rosenwald, known to his friends as "JR,"
apprenticed for his uncles, who were major clothing
manufacturers in New York City. It would be as a men's
clothing salesperson that JR would make his fateful
encounter with Sears, Roebuck and Company, which he
eventually fashioned into the greatest mail order firm in
the world. He also founded Chicago's Museum of Science and
Industry. And in the American South Rosenwald helped support
the building of the more than 5,300 schools that bore his
name. Yet the charitable fund he created during World War I
went out of existence in 1948 at his expressed wish. Ascoli
provides a fascinating account of Rosenwald's meteoric rise
in American business, but he also portrays a man devoted to
family and with a desire to help his community that led to a
lifelong devotion to philanthropy. He tells about
Rosenwald's important philanthropic activities, especially
those connected with the Rosenwald schools and Booker T.
Washington, and later through the Rosenwald Fund.
Ascoli's account of Rosenwald is an inspiring story of hard
work and success, and of giving back to the nation in which
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