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The Senator and the Socialite by Lawrence Otis Graham
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May 26, 2011

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A tale of pulling yourself up by your boot straps. The story of Blanche Kelso Bruce is intriguing journey of slavey to a national powerbroker. Its interesting to note that many of the same conditions that occurred in Bruce's day are repeating themselves today - speculation, war, economic downturn, and class segregation between elitists in both the White and Black community versus working class and middle class Americans.

I was also amazed that although Bruce was light complected, his wife's family thought his family was inferior due to the Bruces being former slaves (although Bruce's mother was a house slave and a mistress to both of her White masters and favored above other slaves). I was definitely intrigued by the contradictions this book produces from Bruce's political alliances and calculations to that of his son.

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