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The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America's First Black…

by Lawrence Otis Graham

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The Senator and the socialite tells the story of the Reconstruction period with the Senator and his wife as the main characters with their powerful friends. Awesome story if you like history. ( )
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To my mother, Betty Johnyce walker Graham, for challenging bias with courage and grace. To my father, Richard Charles Graham, for remembering our people's history. To my wife, Pamela Thomas-Graham, for everything else.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060184124, Hardcover)

Blanche Kelso Bruce was born a slave in 1841, yet, remarkably, amassed a real-estate fortune and became the first black man to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. He married Josephine Willson—the daughter of a wealthy black Philadelphia doctor—and together they broke down racial barriers in 1880s Washington, D.C., numbering President Ulysses S. Grant among their influential friends. The Bruce family achieved a level of wealth and power unheard of for people of color in nineteenth-century America. Yet later generations would stray from the proud Bruce legacy, stumbling into scandal and tragedy.

Drawing on Senate records, historical documents, and personal letters, author Lawrence Otis Graham weaves a riveting social history that offers a fascinating look at race, politics, and class in America.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:06 -0400)

Follows the lives and fortunes of the Bruce family, from Blanche Kelso Bruce, who was born a slave in 1841 and became the first black person to serve a full term in the Senate, to the scandal that sent his grandson to prison.

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