By Michelle Kung
Updated June 23, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Senator and the Socialite

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  • Book
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”Publicly glamorous and triumphant, but privately reticent and guarded,” Blanche Kelso Bruce was a slave who in 12 short years after his emancipation became the first full-term African-American U.S. senator — though he often voted against racial equality (even supporting a KKK attorney in 1877). Lawrence Otis Graham chronicles Bruce, his smart-set wife, Josephine (their 1878 union was the first black wedding reported in The New York Times), and several generations of their scandal-embroiled progeny. Graham expertly breaks down complex historical events like Reconstruction, but The Senator and the Socialite wilts under his repetitive, often dry storytelling.

The Senator and the Socialite

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Lawrence Otis Graham
publisher
  • HarperCollins

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