The city of Chattanooga, like most southern towns, had both freed blacks and slaves prior to the Civil War. There were a few slaves, that were able to purchase their freedom and became merchants within the city. After the Civil War, the attitude changed quickly and many of the former slaves, came into the culture of the city and became leading citizens in a new southern city filled with many industrialist from the north. This is a small publication that deals with the many achievements of some of these citizens who lead the plight of the blacks into the twentieth century.
J. Bliss White
1904, paper, 102 pp.