The invisibles : the untold story of African American slaves in the White House
|Format:||Print Book 2016|
|Availability:||Available at 13 Libraries 13 of 13 copies|
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.
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
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White House (Washington, D.C.)
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
xiii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-212) and index.