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Preview — The Senator and the Socialite by Lawrence Otis Graham
The Senator and the Socialite
This is the true story of America's first black dynasty. The years after the Civil War represented an astonishing moment of opportunity for African-Americans. The rush to build a racially democratic society from the ruins of slavery is never more evident than in the personal history of Blanche Kelso Bruce and his heirs.
Born a slave in 1841, Bruce became a local Mississippi...more
I was also amazed that although Bruce was light complected, his wife's fami ...more