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The Merchant Prince of Black ChicagoAnthony Overton and the Building of a Financial Empire$
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Robert E. Weems

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043062

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043062.001.0001

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Anthony Overton’s Early Life

Anthony Overton’s Early Life

Myth versus Reality

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(p.11) 1. Anthony Overton’s Early Life
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The Merchant Prince of Black Chicago
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Robert E. Weems Jr.

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043062.003.0002

Determining the contours of Anthony Overton’s early life, especially between his sixteenth and thirty-first birthdays, has been complicated by a long-standing dissemination of misinformation. This chapter discusses how much of the literature (including encyclopedia entries, book chapters, newspaper articles, and obituaries) portrays him as someone who experienced success in a wide variety of areas. However, a fact check of Overton’s early life reveals that he experienced considerable failure and disappointment. The evidence suggests that Overton, later in life, created many of the long-standing myths regarding his formative years. Also, it is clear that the young Overton ultimately benefited from his exposure to two mentors: his father Anthony Overton Sr. and Booker T. Washington.

Keywords:   Anthony Overton, early life, myth, misinformation, reality, Anthony Overton Sr., Booker T. Washington

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