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A slave in the White House : Paul Jennings and the Madisons / Elizabeth Dowling Taylor ; foreword by Annette Gordon-Reed.

Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling. (Author). West, Judith. (Narrator). Kenerly, Kevin (Narrator).
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  • ISBN: 9781611748604 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • ISBN: 1611748607 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 45 min.)) : digital
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [United States] : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books : 2012.

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Restrictions on Access Note:
Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Judith West and Kevin Kenerly.
Summary, etc.:
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. Based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, this amazing portrait reveals the mores and attitudes toward slavery in the nineteenth century, and sheds new light on famous characters such as James Madison, French General Lafayette, Dolley Madison, and many other long-forgotten slaves, abolitionists, and civil rights activists.
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Slaves > Washington (D.C.) > Biography.
Slaves > Virginia > Biography.
Abolitionists > United States > Biography.
African American abolitionists > Biography.

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