This introduction discusses the methodology employed to construct this biography of Anthony Overton and provides an overview of how the book is chronologically and thematically organized. It also examines Anthony Overton’s enigmatic personality. Notwithstanding his tendency to periodically exaggerate his early life accomplishments, Overton was not a braggart. In fact, he was widely perceived to be a low-key and unassuming individual. Moreover, unlike many successful business people owning fine cars and homes; Overton, during the peak of his commercial success, did not own an automobile and lived in his married children’s spare bedrooms. Finally, although he was a conservative disciple of Booker T. Washington, Overton possessed (for the times) a fairly progressive attitude regarding women’s “proper” role.
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