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The Resource The Black Russian, Vladimir Alexandrov

The Black Russian, Vladimir Alexandrov

Label
The Black Russian
Title
The Black Russian
Statement of responsibility
Vladimir Alexandrov
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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. 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 debtor's prison. He died in Constantinople in 1928
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. 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 debtor's prison. He died in Constantinople in 1928
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10170115
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Alexandrov, Vladimir E
Dewey number
  • 947.00496073
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DK34.B53
LC item number
A43 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Thomas, Frederick Bruce
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African American businesspeople
  • Moscow (Russia)
Target audience
adult
Label
The Black Russian, Vladimir Alexandrov
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Maps on end papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-294) and index
Contents
Life or death -- The most southern place on Earth -- Travel and transformation -- Nothing above Moscow -- Early fortune -- Becoming Russian -- Loss and escape -- Reinvention in Constantinople -- The struggle for recognition -- Sultan of Jazz -- Death and life
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiv, 306 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780802120694
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)805048092
Label
The Black Russian, Vladimir Alexandrov
Publication
Note
Maps on end papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-294) and index
Contents
Life or death -- The most southern place on Earth -- Travel and transformation -- Nothing above Moscow -- Early fortune -- Becoming Russian -- Loss and escape -- Reinvention in Constantinople -- The struggle for recognition -- Sultan of Jazz -- Death and life
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiv, 306 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780802120694
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)805048092

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