Books > Gift Ideas > Bargain Books

Price: $6.40 ($15.99)

(as of 2012-10-06 21:38:57 PST)

You save $9.59 (60%)

Usually ships in 24 hours

Bargain Books

Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (27 votes)

Released: 2007-07-03

Buying Choices

13 new from $5.54
19 used from $2.20

(as of 2012-10-06 21:38:57 PST)

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


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Drawing on Senate records, historical documents, and personal letters, author Lawrence Otis Graham weaves a riveting social history that offers a fascinating look at race, politics, and class in America.

Check All Offers Add to Wish List Customer Reviews

Book Details

Author: Lawrence Otis Grah.. Publisher: Harper Perennial Binding: Paperback Language: English Pages: 512

Similar Books

Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class
A Member of the Club : Reflections on Life in a Racially Polarized World
Black Bourgeoisie: The Book That Brought the Shock of Self-Revelation to Middle-Class Blacks in Americ..
Aristocrats of Color: The Black Elite, 1880–1920 (Black Community Studies)
Up from Slavery (Dover Thrift Editions)


Become a fan of Your #1 Source for Kindle eBooks from the Amazon Kindle Store! on Facebook for the inside scoop on latest and most exclusive books.