The Black Russian

The Black Russian

eBook - 2013
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The Black Russian is the incredible true story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, born in 1872 to former slaves who became prosperous farmers in Mississippi. After his father was brutally murdered, Frederick left the South and worked as a waiter in Chicago and Brooklyn. Seeking greater freedom, he traveled to London, then crisscrossed Europe, and-in a highly unusual choice for a black American at the time-went to Russia. Because he found no color line there, Frederick settled in Moscow, becoming a rich and famous owner of variety theaters and restaurants. When the Bolshevik Revolution ruined him, he barely escaped to Constantinople, where he made another fortune by opening celebrated nightclubs as the "Sultan of Jazz." However, the long arm of American racism, the xenophobia of the new Turkish Republic, and Frederick's own extravagance landed him in debtor's prison. He died in Constantinople in 1928.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9780802193766
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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morrisonist Aug 11, 2015

If you could stay in Wonderland,
Would you kill your friends?
Outside of Wonderland terrifies you,
This we know,
But inside of Wonderland is just as bad.
Seeking false comfort is worse.
But you, who seeks it constantly,
Can only think of the rewards.
Not of the consequences.
As you throw your tantrum,
We can only laugh,
For your delayed reaction soothes us,
Amuses us.
And when you tire,
Wearing a beautiful red attire,
We put you to bed,
Saying that you can decide in the early morning,
When the silence has not been broken.
You cry out in what seems to be the opposite of delight,
And we tell you to hush.
To rest,
For Wonderland is still there,
Still throwing you the most horrifying troubles,
Still giving us eternal laughter.

Sep 18, 2014

Beautifully done my nephew went on a trip there with the British School and to think a Black man from Missisppi running Maxims and ending with Chantal Thomas the parisian lingerie designer wow but so sad about his daughter I'd reccomend this for every black history class it's right up there with Hugh Massaquois "Witness to Destiny" about his childhood in Nazi Germany.

ChristchurchLib Sep 17, 2013

"Chronicles the life of the notable African-American who began life as a Mississippi farm boy but moved to Russia in 1899 and became one of Moscow's richest and most famous owners of restaurants and variety theatres." September 2013 Biography and Memoir

4Bibliomania Jun 09, 2013

An excellent book showing the struggle of an extraordinary individual struggling and generally succeedIng against racism, nationalism, xenophobic, and ideological fanaticism. Alexandrov has a rare talent for nuance and arraying complexity accessibly; he shows compassion and wisdom in his portrayal. When will we see the film?

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