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The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty
by Lawrence Otis Graham

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List Price: $15.99 (store prices may vary)
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
Page Count: 512
ISBN13: 9780060985134
Imprint: Harper Perennial
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation

Book Description:
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generations would stray from the proud Bruce legacy, stumbling into scandal and tragedy.Drawing on Senate records, historical documents, and personal letters, author Lawrence Otis Graham weaves a riveting social history that offers a fascinating look at race, politics, and class in America.

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