Reconstruction & The First Black Congressmen


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.

His new novel, Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen, shines a new light on the post-Civil War era of US history, focusing on the first black members of Congress, important historical figures who are frequently overlooked.