Francis Lewis Cardozo: An Unsung Hero of Reconstruction, The Untold Story of the First African American Elected to Statewide Office in United States History 1865-1877
Pamela Reese Smith
This book is filled with eye-opening verified facts that will leave you wondering why you have never heard of Frances Lewis Cardozo. It provides a poignant look into the life and times of this rarely spoken of African American Hero who was the first Black man to hold statewide office in U.S. History when he was elected Secretary of State of South Carolina in 1868, just a few years after the American Civil War ended. Cardozo was not only a politician but also a Presbyterian minister and educator who pioneered the creation of public education for Black children in America.