By Wayner D'Orio
Profiles the 1st African-American girl to serve within the usa Senate, Carol Moseley-Braun, who represented the country of Illinois from 1992 via 1998.
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A turning point in her early campaign was a television debate during which Dixon and Hofeld criticized each other excessively, leaving Moseley-Braun as a sort of sensible alternative. This performance caught the eye of women’s activist Gloria Steinem. Steinem’s reputation and support helped Moseley-Braun capture the attention of the white liberal voters in Illinois. W. Bush 58 percent of the time in 1991—more than any other northern Democrat in the Senate. Dixon had a hard time explaining why he favored so many policies that ended up hurting people in Illinois.
Five years later, he moved to Mississippi and became a wealthy landowner who was involved in local politics. When the Mississippi legislature voted him into the Senate, he was rebuffed by his fellow Mississippi colleague, James L. Alcorn. 38 AAL_Brau_Chap 4 8/7/03 4:50 PM Page 39 Diversifying the Senate During his time in the Senate, Bruce encouraged the government to be more generous in giving land grants to black emigrants. He also tried to desegregate the country’s army, and asked for a Senate inquiry into the violent Mississippi elections of 1875.
38 AAL_Brau_Chap 4 8/7/03 4:50 PM Page 39 Diversifying the Senate During his time in the Senate, Bruce encouraged the government to be more generous in giving land grants to black emigrants. He also tried to desegregate the country’s army, and asked for a Senate inquiry into the violent Mississippi elections of 1875. At the 1880 Republican convention in Chicago, Bruce served briefly as presiding officer and received eight votes for vice president. In 2002, the Senate commissioned a new portrait of Bruce to be displayed in the nation’s Capitol.