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A Slave in the White House

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Elizabeth Dowling Taylor tells the story of Paul Jennings, who was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, and later became part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Her book A Slave in the White House is based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, and reveals attitudes toward slavery of the 19th century.

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Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

Daniel Webster didn't sell his soul in "The Devil and Daniel Webster"--he defended another man who had sold his own soul to get him out of his deal w/the devil. Unless there's another story I don't know about.

Feb. 02 2012 01:00 PM
The Truth from Becky

"nice slave owner"- really?

Feb. 02 2012 12:43 PM

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