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Blanche Kelso Bruce was once born a slave in 1841, but, remarkably, collected a real-estate fortune and have become the 1st black guy to serve a whole time period within the U.S. Senate. He married Josephine Willson—the daughter of a filthy rich black Philadelphia doctor—and jointly they broke down racial obstacles in Eighties Washington, D.C., numbering President Ulysses S. supply between their influential neighbors. The Bruce family members completed a degree of wealth and tool unprecedented for individuals of colour in nineteenth-century the USA. but later generations may stray from the proud Bruce legacy, stumbling into scandal and tragedy.

Drawing on Senate documents, old records, and private letters, writer Lawrence Otis Graham weaves a riveting social heritage that provides a desirable examine race, politics, and sophistication in the United States.

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