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Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation

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In this revealing social history, one remarkable White House dinner becomes a lens through which to examine race, politics, and the lives and legacies of two of Americaand#8217;s most iconic figures. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to have dinner at the executive mansion with the First Family. The next morning, news that the president had dined with a black manand#8212;and former slaveand#8212;sent shock waves through the nation. Although African Americans had helped build the White House and had worked for most of the presidents, not a single one had ever been invited to dine there. Fueled by inflammatory newspaper articles, political cartoons, and even vulgar songs, the scandal escalated and threatened to topple two of Americaand#8217;s greatest men. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In this smart, accessible narrative, one seemingly ordinary dinner becomes a window onto postand#8211;Civil War American history and politics, and onto the lives of two dynamic men whose experiences and philosophies connect in unexpected ways. Deborah Davis also introduces dozens of other fascinating figures who have previously occupied the margins and footnotes of history, creating a lively and vastly entertaining book that reconfirms her place as one of our most talented popular historians.

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"In this engaging social history, Davis (Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X) uses the story of a dinner to depict the friendship between two of America's most impressive leaders: Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. Booker T. and TR came from extraordinarily disparate backgrounds — the first born a slave, the second born a member of America's highest social tier. Early in their careers, however, the visionary educator and the politician formed a fascinating and mutually beneficial relationship that granted each a leg up in their respective spheres — that is, until Booker T. joined TR and his family for dinner at the White House. What should have been an important step forward in racial equality ended up being so aggravating to Southern racists that the brilliant partnership between the two men was forever thrown off its tracks, and blacks in the South became even more vulnerable to violent attacks from whites fearful of 'Negro Aspiration.' In fluid prose and with clear respect for her subject matter, Davis paints a vivid picture of race relations at the turn of the 20th century — a story resonating with today's fraught political and racial landscape. Agent: Scott Waxman, the Waxman Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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andlt;Bandgt;Deborah Davisandlt;/Bandgt; is the author of andlt;iandgt;Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X;andlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ballandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resortandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;iandgt;The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacyandlt;/iandgt;. She formerly worked as an executive, story editor, and story analyst for several major film companies.

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Ron Beasley, May 8, 2012 (view all comments by Ron Beasley)
A great history of the USA 30+ years after the Civil War. Mini biography's of both TR Roosevelt and Booker T Washington followed by an event that changed their lives - TR invited Booker T to dinner at the White House. This was too much for the Southern States and the reaction was was quick and vapid while the reaction in the North was for the most part positive. That dinner haunted both men for the rest of their lives. It is a relevant thing subject to look at with the first black man in the White House and a good study of how things have changed and how much they haven't.
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ISBN:
9781439169810
Author:
Davis, Deborah
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
Biography - General
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Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120531
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HARDCOVER
Language:
English
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1x8-pg bandamp;w insert vs. bandamp;w ph
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this engaging social history, Davis (Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X) uses the story of a dinner to depict the friendship between two of America's most impressive leaders: Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. Booker T. and TR came from extraordinarily disparate backgrounds — the first born a slave, the second born a member of America's highest social tier. Early in their careers, however, the visionary educator and the politician formed a fascinating and mutually beneficial relationship that granted each a leg up in their respective spheres — that is, until Booker T. joined TR and his family for dinner at the White House. What should have been an important step forward in racial equality ended up being so aggravating to Southern racists that the brilliant partnership between the two men was forever thrown off its tracks, and blacks in the South became even more vulnerable to violent attacks from whites fearful of 'Negro Aspiration.' In fluid prose and with clear respect for her subject matter, Davis paints a vivid picture of race relations at the turn of the 20th century — a story resonating with today's fraught political and racial landscape. Agent: Scott Waxman, the Waxman Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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