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A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons

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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.

About the Author

Elizabeth Dowling Taylor 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 Jeffersons Monticello and director of education at James Madisons Montpelier. Most recently a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Taylor is now an independent scholar and lecturer. She lives in Barboursville, Virginia.

Annette Gordon-Reed, historian and legal scholar, has a triple appointment at Harvard University, where she is Professor at the Law School, History Department, and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2009 she won the Pulitzer Prize in history for her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

 

Table of Contents

Preface; A.Gordon-Reed

Introduction

Raised and Nurtured

Presidential Household

Enamoured with Freedom

Not Even Paul

Change of Mind

His Own Free Hands

First Families of Color

The Right to Rise

Appendix:A Colored Man's Reminiscences of James Madison

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230341982
Author:
Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Gordon-Reed, Annette
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one 8-page black-and-white phot
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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