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Two American Entrepreneurs--
Supplementary Resources

By looking at Two American Entrepreneurs, students can learn the stories behind the success of two of America's most famous early 20th–century businesspeople. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of materials.

National Park Service
The National Register of Historic Places' on-line travel itinerary, Places Where Women Made History highlights 74 historic properties in Massachusetts and New York that are associated with the many varied aspects of women's history. The itinerary includes information on Villa Lewaro, Madam Walker's stately mansion in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York.

National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary

The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary for Indianapolis showcases various historic sites throughout the city’s past.

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress's American Memory Web page offers a collection of materials titled, Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929. The following links are of particular interest:

  • Chain Stores
    Includes a speech delivered to the second annual convention of the National Chain Store Association (1929) by Earl C. Sams, president of the J.C. Penney Company.
  • Madam Walker
    Provides links to advertismements for the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.
  • National Negro Business League
    Offers information on this organization, which was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1900 "to promote the commercial and financial development of the Negro" and to bring African Americans into the middle-class mainstream.

J.C. Penney
The J.C. Penney website includes a timeline about the history of the J.C. Penney Company and the life of its founder, James Cash Penney.

Kemmerer, Wyoming's Web page provides links to local attractions such as the J.C. Penney Mother Store and Home.

Madam C.J. Walker
The Madam C.J. Walker Web page, owned and maintained by the great-great-granddaughter and biographer of Madam C.J. Walker, offers a wealth of information on Madam Walker.

The Madame Walker Theatre Center's Web page provides detailed information on the arts and cultural programs offered through this organization, which is housed in the Walker Building in Indianapolis.


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