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Author Alexandrov, Vladimir E.

Title The Black Russian / Vladimir E. Alexandrov.

Publication Info. [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Incorporated / AudioGO : Made available through hoopla, 2014.

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Edition Unabridged.
Description 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 23 min.)) : digital
Performer Read by Peter Marinker.
Summary The Black Russian is the incredible story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, born in 1872 to former slaves who became prosperous farmers in Mississippi. A rich white planter's attempt to steal their land forced them to flee to Memphis, where Frederick's father was brutally murdered. After leaving the South and working as a waiter and valet in Chicago and Brooklyn, Frederick sought greater freedom in London, then crisscrossed Europe, and-in a highly unusual choice for a black American at the time-went to Russia in 1899. Because he found no color line there, Frederick made Moscow his home. He renamed himself Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas, married twice, acquired a mistress, and took Russian citizenship. Through his hard work, charm, and guile he became one of the city's richest and most famous owners of variety theaters and restaurants. But the Bolshevik Revolution ruined him, and he barely escaped with his life and family to Constantinople in 1919. Starting from scratch, he made a second fortune by opening celebrated nightclubs that introduced jazz to Turkey. However, the long arm of American racism, the xenophobia of the new Turkish Republic, and Frederick's own extravagance landed him in debtors' prison. He died in Constantinople in 1928.
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Subject African Americans -- Biography.
African Americans -- Russia -- Biography.
African American businesspeople -- Russia -- Biography.
Impresarios -- Russia -- Biography.
African Americans -- Turkey -- Biography.
Americans -- Russia -- Biography.
Americans -- Turkey -- Biography.
Moscow (Russia) -- Biography.
Added Author Marinker, Peter. Narrator.
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ISBN 9781481597272 (sound recording) (hoopla Audio Book)
1481597272 (sound recording) (hoopla Audio Book)
Music No. MWT11013515
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