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The invisibles : the untold story of African American slaves in the White House

by Holland, Jesse J.,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 13 Libraries 13 of 13 copies
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection F204.W5 H65 2016
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CLP - Hill District Non-Fiction Collection F204.W5 H65 2016
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CLP - Homewood African American F204.W5 H65 2016
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CLP - Knoxville Non-Fiction Collection F204.W5 H65 2016
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Summary
THE INVISIBLES: Slavery Inside The White House and How It Helped Shape America is the first book to tell the story of the executive mansion's most unexpected residents, the African American slaves who lived with the U.S. presidents who owned them. Interest in African Americans and the White House are at an all-time high due to the historic presidency of Barack Obama, and the soon-to-be-opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History. The Invisibles chronicles the African American presence inside the White House from its beginnings in 1782 until 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that granted slaves their freedom. During these years, slaves were the only African Americans to whom the most powerful men in the United States were exposed on a daily, and familiar, basis. By reading about these often-intimate relationships, readers will better understand some of the views that various presidents held about class and race in American society, and how these slaves contributed not only to the life and comforts of the presidents they served, but to America as a whole.
Contents
Introduction
William Lee and New York City
The beginning of African slavery in the United States
Oney Judge and Philadelphia
Slavery and the construction of the White House
Thomas Jefferson and the first White House slaves
The great American melting pot
Paul Jennings and the burning of the White House
Slavery, indentured servitude and the law
Andrew Jackson's stables
The rest
Conclusion.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this powerful follow-up to 2007's Black Men Built the Capitol, Holland, Washington correspondent for the Associated Press, shares the story of the slaves who worked inside the White House from its early years until President Lincoln's 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Holland makes sure to note that 12 out of the first 18 American presidents owned slaves, putting them to work as cooks, butlers, maids, body servants, and doormen. Among Holland's superb slave portraits are several standouts, including those of William Lee (enslaved by George Washington), Oney Judge (Martha Washington), Sally Hemings (Thomas Jefferson), Paul Jennings (James Madison), and Elias Polk (James K. Polk)-who later partnered with the southern Democratic Party in defending the rights of white elites. Holland effectively captures the financial and political history of slavery, federal laws regarding fugitive slaves, race mixing, anxieties over slave revolts, and the rigid skin color-based caste system of house and field help. Holland's account of slaves who built and sustained the White House answers many hard historical questions, and it reveals how little tribute has been given to the enslaved persons who contributed extensively to the functioning of early American institutions. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects White House (Washington, D.C.) -- History.
Slavery -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
African Americans -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
African Americans -- Washington (D.C.) -- Biography.
Presidents -- Relations with African Americans -- History.
Publisher Guilford, Connecticut :2016
Language English
Description xiii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-212) and index.
ISBN 9781493008469
1493008463
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