The C.R. Patterson and Sons Company:
Black Pioneers in the Vehicle Building Industry, 1865-1939
A History of the First Black Auto Manufacturers
2022 Second Edition major update to the 2010 edition
Written by Christopher Nelson
“A masterful and compelling deep dive into indelible chapters of untouched and never explored American history, stunning your sensibilities of what you thought you knew.
~ Madisun Leigh - Scenario Entertainment & Pergola Pictures
"The Story Black History Missed! This definitive work on Patterson's company and the Patterson family deserves far more recognition by Black historians than what has been given."
~ Larry Chapman - Greenfield, Ohio History Teacher (Retired)
~ FUN FACT ~
The first edition of the book was featured on the CBS show S.W.A.T. during the November 27, 2019 episode "Sea Legs"
On July 22, 2021, C.R. Patterson and Frederick Douglass Patterson, the first two generations of family to run the Patterson Company, were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit. This honor was bestowed on them for their contributions to the transportation industry and for Frederick being the first Black manufacturer of automobiles. This demonstrated that the Patterson contribution to history mattered and, while generally fallen by the wayside for 80 years after they closed the factory, a long-overdue recognition of their efforts has finally come to light and their story will live on.
American Writing Awards 2022
WINNER in History - General category
FINALIST in Best New (Debut) Nonfiction, History - United States, and Biography categories
Best Book Awards 2022
Sponsored by American Book Fest
FINALIST in History - United States and History - General categories
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