The Invisibles

The Invisibles

The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : LP, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781493008469
Characteristics: xiii, 225 pages ; illustrations, portraits : 24 cm


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IndyPL_ShanikaH Oct 23, 2018

A must read for those interested in learning about how African American helped shape America; it chronicles African American's life in the White House.

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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