The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House

eBook - 2016
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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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Lyons Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781493024193
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations

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Feb 03, 2016

agree w/hsickert in every respect (I heard the interview today too).
The library should buy more copies!

Feb 03, 2016

NPR aired a fascinating interview with Jesse Holland that elaborates on the extent of white privilege in our country, including by founding fathers who we were taught were crusaders against slavery. Given his extensive research, this sounds like a very important book. I'd like to see more copies available and plan to give this to my 13 year old who's discussing the Presidents and Black History Month in school.


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