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Posted on: July 24, 2019

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

The World According to Fannie Davis

by Bridgett M. Davis

Reviewed by Linda:
As some of you know, I love to read accounts of inspiring mothers. This book was an outstanding example of this genre. Fannie Davis ran a Numbers racket in the city of Detroit for decades. The granddaughter of slaves, she became a highly successful entrepreneur (with many loyal customers) who raised her children and grandson in middle-class comfort with college educations for them. Her wit, determination, and generosity made her beloved to her family and friends. In addition to the pleasure of learning about this remarkable woman, I was fascinated by the details of how the Numbers business worked and what it meant to residents of the poorer neighborhoods.

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