Blacks In Congress Among Forgotten Firsts

Not all of the epic stories in American history are well known.

Consider the lives of the first African American members of Congress. They served during the Reconstruction era, just after the Civil War.

Historian Phillip Dray talks with NPR's Tony Cox about his book, Capitol Men: The Epic Story Of Reconstruction Through The Lives Of The First Black Congressmen.

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Capitol Men

The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen

by Philip Dray

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