Slave in the White House Paul Jennings and the Madisons

ISBN-10: 0230341985

ISBN-13: 9780230341982

Edition: 2013

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Description: Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, write the first White House memoir, and see his sons fight with the Union Army in the Civil War. He died a free man in northwest Washington at 75. Based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, this amazing portrait of the times reveals the mores and attitudes toward slavery of the nineteenth century, and sheds new light on famous characters such as James Madison, who believed the white and black populations could not coexist as equals; French General Lafayette who was appalled by this idea; Dolley Madison, who ruthlessly sold Paul after her husband's death; and many other since forgotten slaves, abolitionists, and civil right activists.

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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 2/19/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Tom Shachtman has written twenty-five books, including the best-selling "The Gilded Leaf" (with Patrick Reynolds), as well as documentaries for all of the major television networks.<b>Elizabeth Dowling Taylor</b> received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Over a 22-year career in museum education and historical research, she was director of interpretation at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and director of education at James Madison’s Montpelier. Most recently a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Taylor is now an independent scholar and lecturer. She is the author of <i>A Slave in the White House</i>. She lives in Barboursville, Virginia.

Annette Gordon-Reed grew up in east Texas. She majored in History at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1981, and then attended Harvard Law School. Gordon-Reed worked as an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and was Counsel to the New York City Board of Corrections before becoming a professor of law at New York Law School in 1992. Gordon-Reed wrote the book Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy after first becoming interested in the president as a child. She co-authored Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir and wrote Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History. Gordon-Reed is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Hemingses of Monticello.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Author's Note
"Raised and Nurtured"
Presidential Household
"Enamoured with Freedom"
"Not Even Paul"
"Change of Mind"
"His Own Free Hands"
First Families of Color
Epilogue The Right to Rise
A Colored Man's Reminiscences of James Madison
Jennings Family Genealogy
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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