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Black Jack Paperback – August 17, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440136661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440136665
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura on June 29, 2011
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I first heard of author George Patton on Coast To Coast AM talk radio, and purchased his (I believe) self-published eBook on Kindle as research material for my own work of nonfiction. If I recall the radio interview correctly, Patton is an economics historian of sorts, and I found his descriptions of economic life in the 1920s and 1930s most engaging.

Black Jack is a fictionalized account of a real-life ancestor of Patton's, a Negro magician from 1920's Chicago who went by the stage name Black Jack Herman. (His true family name was Rucker.) Black Jack toured all over the United States during the height of the Jim Crow segregation laws, becoming very famous and wealthy as a stage magician. His assistant - and, much later, his wife - was Patton's great-aunt Eva, whom Black Jack (BJ) plucked from the audience during a Mississippi performance. While the book is essentially a romantic novel about BJ's philandering ways and Eva's unconditional love for this powerful figure in the black community, it reads like a very engaging historical biography. Black Jack was a fascinating man, an elite black performer at a time when Negroes were still considered second class citizens. The magician most famous for a trick called "Woman Buried Alive" - in which he hypnotized and then buried Eva alive in a sealed coffin underground for six hours - also had political aspirations. He was friends with Marcus Garvey and was very involved in the burgeoning black empowerment movement in the generation before Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. BJ was most passionate about raising the black community up from what he called economic slavery, and encouraged Negroes all over the US to exercise their purchasing power by buying from black-owned businesses.
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when the first one i reviewed is not enough too satisfy your taste for this delightful topic, this is just as good. these books have more sex than the human anomaly/circus freak books do.
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By curtis bird on May 26, 2015
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excellent just as ordered
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