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  •  Thanks for this utterly fascinating diary! (7+ / 0-)

    Now I've got to get a copy of this book!

    Who'd a thunk it?  The Count of Monte Cristo was a man of color, and for a while that belle France was in the vanguard of racial equality in Western Europe!

    However, I don't think the French have ever whole-heartedly embraced racism. Remember the popularity of Josephine...oh, gad, what was her name? Ignored in her native America, she went to France early in the 20th century and made a name for herself. I read her autobiography.  She adopted 12 children and called them her "Rainbow Tribe."

    You said:

    This masterful biography reminded me that the hard-fought gains that we in the US have made for women, minorities and workers can be wiped out in the blink of an eye.
    And indeed it will--the process has already begun.

    Still owe you two book reviews for this series, and am starting on the first of them this week.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon May 06, 2013 at 08:46:44 AM PDT

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