Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History in and around Washington, D. C.

Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History in and around Washington, D. C.

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by Jesse J. Holland
     
 

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Millions of people visit the National Mall, the White House, and the U.S.
Capitol each year. If they only hear the standard story, a big question remains:
“Where’s the black history?”

Packed with new information and archival photos, Black Men Built the Capitol answers this question. In this thoroughly researched yet completely

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Millions of people visit the National Mall, the White House, and the U.S.
Capitol each year. If they only hear the standard story, a big question remains:
“Where’s the black history?”

Packed with new information and archival photos, Black Men Built the Capitol answers this question. In this thoroughly researched yet completely accessible volume, Washington insider and political journalist Jesse J. Holland shines a light on the region’s African-American achievements, recounting little-known stories and verifying rumors, such as:

•   Enslaved black men built the Capitol, White House, and other important 

    Washington structures.

•   Philip Reid, a thirty-nine-year-old slave from South Carolina, cast and helped
save the model of the Statue of Freedom that sits atop the Capitol Dome.

•   The National Mall sits on the former site of the city’s most bustling slave market.

•   The grounds that are now Arlington National Cemetery were, from 1863 to
1888, a self-sustaining village for former slaves called the Freedman’s Village.

Included are hundreds of places in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and

Virginia that illuminate “the rest of the story” for Washington residents and visitors

alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762745364
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jesse Holland is an Associated Press reporter covering Congress and is extraordinarly well placed among Washington's black power elite--the political, legal, academic, and media communities. He took a year's sabbatical from the AP to conduct never-before-done research into the topics covered in this book.

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Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History in and around Washington, D. C. 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
aaRC More than 1 year ago
It was full of things I did not know.
pokey939 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book as further reading in Junior and High School as well as history major buffs who love to read about their Black culture during slavery. I was very impress with Mr. Holland's work being that he is not a DC native. I, on the other hand is a born and raise DC native and I never knew that my place of birth held deep, dark, disturbing history of how it treated human beings. A wonderful addition to those studying African American history while in school. As I remember only reading and hearing about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad along with Frederick Douglas and other slaves; but never did my schools teach the class or allowed for the African American history class I was in to hear about DC being a slave state and the areas in which I have walked the pavement to shop, and now to work would I think that slaves built the Federal government buildings in which I have worked. An excellent must have and read book!!
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Amazing.....!Excellent......!Just enjoy it.....!