Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden
It matters that you reach for something, elevate, exalt yourself.
Essie, daughter of a Savannah prostitute, spent her childhood nights sequestered in an attic above her mother' bedroom. At the age of fourteen Essie found work as a domestic, taught herself to read, and escaped a life of despair.
Dorcas Vashon, a frequent guest in Savannah, notices this servant and offers her the opportunity to move to Baltimore and start a new life. Essie changes her name to Victoria and commences a rigorous regime of training in the art of becoming a lady of refinement. It is difficult, but she is inspired by the writings of Frederick Douglass.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Bringing History to Life
This meticulously researched portrait of Black aristocracy is a portrait of genteel life, refined manners, glittering receptions and, sumptuous meals. While some individuals fill their days with idle pursuits, others study and advance to positions of importance and influence. Victoria determines that she will devote herself to helping others.
I must contribute! I must say thank you for this blessing of a wider world!
Bolden introduces some of the influential people living and working in our nation's capital in the 1880's. Readers will want to learn more about these remarkable individuals.