Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South

Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South

by Peter M. Ascoli

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Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South by Peter M. Ascoli

"This is the first serious biography of the exuberant man who
transformed the Sears, Roebuck company into the country's most important retailer.
He was also one of the early 20th century's notable philanthropists.... The richness
of primary evidence continually delights." -- Judith Sealander, author of
Private Wealth and Public Life

"[No] mere philanthropist [but
a] subtle, stinging critic of our racial democracy." -- W. E. B. DuBois on
Julius Rosenwald

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 he prospered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253112040
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 05/23/2006
Series: Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 320,596
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Peter M. Ascoli is on the faculty of Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
in Chicago. He taught at Utah State University and later served as director of
development for Chicago Opera Theater and Steppenwolf Theater Company. He is the
grandson of Julius Rosenwald and lives in Chicago,
Illinois.

"Peter Ascoli has written a sensitive biography of his
grandfather, Julius Rosenwald. What we see is a very modest, successful business
leader/philanthropist whose skill and generosity merit his recognition as one of our
preeminent citizens at the advent of the twentieth century." -- Bill Gates
Sr.

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