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Clarence Lusane juxtaposes significant events in White House history with the ongoing struggle for democratic, civil, and human rights by black Americans and demonstrates that only during crises have presidents used their authority to advance racial justice. He describes how in 1901 the building was officially named the "White House" amid a furious backlash against President Roosevelt for inviting Booker T. Washington to dinner and how that same year saw the consolidation of white power with the departure of the last black Congress member elected after the Civil War. Lusane explores how, from its construction in 1792 to its becoming the home of the first black president, the White House has been a prism through which to view the progress and struggles of black Americans seeking full citizenship and justice.
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By Susie on 07-14-16
From Quarries to the Oval Office - Unforgettable
Africans and African-Americans have been intimately involved with the White House from the quarries of its foundation to every meal ever made— to President Obama himself. This book is that history: from White House service, rebellion, and protest.
And what stories! There’s Washington's runaway slave Oney, determined not to be given away as a present. I liked Hercules the dandy chef, the hands that built the nation. Everyone will love these stories and will want to share them with a new generation.
Narrated by my favorite baritone,J.D. Jackson.
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