For the second hour of today’s show, Marc spoke with Philip Dray, author of Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen. The book follows the struggles and triumphs of the sixteen southern Black men who were elected to U.S. Congress during a time of racial inequality and extreme national upheaval.
Philip Dray is an award winning author who is responsible for novels such as Stealing God’s Thunder and At the Hands of Persons Unknown,
which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the Southern Book
Critics Circle Award. Dray was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.