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Book report: 'Eslanda' tells of success, suffering

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Back in the 1920s and 1930s, when most black women worked as domestics, scrub ladies and washerwomen, one young black woman born in 1895 in Washington, D.C., would spend her life on the world political and cultural stage.

It wasn't all beer and skittles, however, when her lawyer father died young and her mother had to work as a beautician.

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