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'The Black Russian' With Vladimir Alexandrov

Sometimes researchers and historians are surprised by what they find when they decide to study a topic related to their field of study. This surprise was exponential for Yale professor Vladimir Alexandrov, since what he found when researching Russian emigrant culture in the early 1900's led him to someone he wasn't looking for! He stumbled upon a brief mention that led him to uncover the forgotten life of Frederick Thomas, born to former slaves in Mississippi, who ended up a millionaire theater owner in Moscow, just as Jim Crow was on the rise in the US. We'll talk about uncovering this lost history and about Frederick Thomas' unlikely journey to success in Russia, when Charlotte Talks.


Vladimir Alexandrov - Author of The Black Russian and Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.

  • Vladimir Alexandrov will have a book-signing and talk March 11 at 7:00pm at Asheville's Malaprop's Bookstore. Details.
  • Vladimir Alexandrov will also have a talk March 13 at 2:00pm at UNC Charlotte's Fretwell Building.
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