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The Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire by Shane White (review)

The Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black... REVIEWS � 187 The Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire. By Shane White. (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2015. Pp. 368. Cloth, $27.99.) Reviewed by Christopher Bonner Shane White’s The Prince of Darkness ends, like many biographies, with the death of its central subject. But in that conclusion, White emphasizes the peculiarity of Jeremiah G. Hamilton with a statement from one of the announcements of his death: “The notorious colored capitalist long identified with commercial enterprises in this city is dead and buried” (317). White has crafted a compelling narrative around the little-known Jeremiah Hamilton, reassembling his extraordinary life through scat- tered, fragmentary records. The Prince of Darkness is a new story of a black man whose life illuminates important aspects of the intertwined histories of racism and capitalism in the early republic. Jeremiah Hamilton seems to have arrived in New York City in pursuit of profit. In the late 1820s, that pursuit included a counterfeiting venture that linked Hamilton with New York merchants and Canadian counter- feiters in an attempt to forge and pass Haitian coins. When the scheme was uncovered, Hamilton earned notoriety through coverage in white and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

The Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire by Shane White (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 38 (1) – Mar 3, 2018

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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Copyright © 2008 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
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REVIEWS � 187 The Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire. By Shane White. (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2015. Pp. 368. Cloth, $27.99.) Reviewed by Christopher Bonner Shane White’s The Prince of Darkness ends, like many biographies, with the death of its central subject. But in that conclusion, White emphasizes the peculiarity of Jeremiah G. Hamilton with a statement from one of the announcements of his death: “The notorious colored capitalist long identified with commercial enterprises in this city is dead and buried” (317). White has crafted a compelling narrative around the little-known Jeremiah Hamilton, reassembling his extraordinary life through scat- tered, fragmentary records. The Prince of Darkness is a new story of a black man whose life illuminates important aspects of the intertwined histories of racism and capitalism in the early republic. Jeremiah Hamilton seems to have arrived in New York City in pursuit of profit. In the late 1820s, that pursuit included a counterfeiting venture that linked Hamilton with New York merchants and Canadian counter- feiters in an attempt to forge and pass Haitian coins. When the scheme was uncovered, Hamilton earned notoriety through coverage in white and

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Mar 3, 2018

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