How Race Played a Role in the Life and Work of Alexandre Dumas

How Race Played a Role in the Life and Work of Alexandre Dumas

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“Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works…”  …once said Alexandre Dumas. Dumas was known for writing beloved adventure novels such as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. He was also known for his driven, kind, and original personality. What most people don’t know, however, was that Alexandre Dumas was Black.     Born in France in 1802, Dumas was the son of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, one of the highest-ranking men of African descent to lead a European army. Dumas’s …