“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.”

Madam Walker
July 1912

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On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker

by A’Lelia Bundles

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What Critics Say About “On Her Own Ground…”

– New York Times, Washington Post and Essence Bestseller

– 2001 New York Times Notable Book

– 2001 Washington Post Best Biographies

– 2001 Letitia Woods Brown Prize/Association of Black Women Historians

– 2002 Hurston/Wright-Borders Books Legacy Finalist

– 2002 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Book
Reviews of On Her Own Ground:
New York Times Book Review (April 1, 2001)
“Worth More Than It Costs” by Margo Jefferson

HappyGirlHair.com (January 6, 2010)
“Curl Up with a Good Read”

New Yorker (March 19, 2001)
Books Briefly Noted

Audioblog (July 5, 2010)
“Madam Walker is fortunate in her biographer and Ms. Bundles is fortunate in her ancestors.”

David Pilgrim (August 2009) Jim Crow Museum, Ferris State University
“The Life and Work of Madam Walker”

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