‘The C. R. Patterson and Sons Company’ by Author Christopher Nelson reveals history of America’s first Black Auto manufacturers


    The C. R. Patterson and Sons Company: Black Pioneers in the Vehicle Building Industry, 1865-1939, is the exciting history of the first Black auto manufacturers in America. It is an in-depth dive into the history of this underexplored industry with the lens of innovation. This is the second edition, updated and improved, to tell better this amazing story that is sure to please fans of history. In 2022, the book was honored as the winner of the History category of that year’s American Writing Awards. You can find the book on Amazon.

    This is a masterful book that delves deep into the history of a specific family, into pioneers who have not been given credit so far. The story has been researched in-depth and updated, featuring a great deal of top-quality work from author Christopher Nelson. It is easy to see the parallels and learn from the past for the present.


    Christopher Nelson offers a sound, exciting narrative about the Patterson family and makes a great case as to why they need more recognition, contrasting their business with a white-owned one and exploring the power behind their work and contributions. 

    This is the second edition, significantly enhanced from the 2019 one. It now includes 160 pages of additional content and 50 new illustrations and photos. 

    This is the story of The C. R. Patterson and Sons Company, which operated between 1865 and 1939 in Ohio. It was passed through three generations and worked to fit the quickly shifting demands of transportation. The company was a pioneer in the business with Frederick Patterson, the son of founder C.R., who became the first and only Black manufacturer to have built an automobile. This success was linked to a strong development in other areas, like politics and promoting business for Black people during a time when it was very difficult. 

    The book charts the trajectory of the Patterson family through 74 years of adversity and triumphs until the Great Depression made their company finally shut its doors.

    Christopher Nelson is an award-winning author whose book became as a master’s thesis. Since then, it has been revised and reworked to create a meticulously crafted and researched book that comes with plans for the big screen. He has a background in History and has worked in this field, as well as Archaeology, for two decades. A particular area of interest is transportation, in particular, during the 19th and 20th centuries. He has also worked as a consultant for several features and short film productions. 

    The second edition of this book won the 2022 American Writing Awards in the History category and placed finalist in three other categories of this particular prize. 

    The book is available on Amazon. To learn more, you can visit the website, where there is more information about the book and the author.