Historic Photos of the White House

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As office and residence of the president of the United States, the White House is uniquely tied to both the life of the nation and the private lives of the building’s occupants. Americans have approached its grounds for celebrations and demonstrations, for Easter Egg Rolls and the right to vote. Citizens have looked to the White House for leadership during times of the gravest national import, yet also to share in the joys and sorrows experienced by the families living there. The White House has undergone many ...

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As office and residence of the president of the United States, the White House is uniquely tied to both the life of the nation and the private lives of the building’s occupants. Americans have approached its grounds for celebrations and demonstrations, for Easter Egg Rolls and the right to vote. Citizens have looked to the White House for leadership during times of the gravest national import, yet also to share in the joys and sorrows experienced by the families living there. The White House has undergone many changes through the years—some by blueprint, some by chance. Yet the building has always stood solid, each alteration becoming a part of its life experience. Historic Photos of the White House contains nearly 200 images taken between the years 1846 and 1977. They show scenes of presidential business, intimate family moments, public interaction, and various changes to the White House itself. Together, these images provide a fascinating view through history of an institution described as “the most famous and highly cherished building in the whole country.”

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The earliest photo of the White House was taken in the 1840s, during the administration of James K. Polk. Since that time, the home of presidents has undergone several renovations, expansions, and repairs. Of course, momentous history was taking place in the midst of all these modifications; history that is captured memorably in this Turner Publishing volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596525047
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/17/2008
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 825,896
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily J. Salmon and John S. Salmon have written or edited several books and articles together, including Franklin County, Virginia, 1786–1986: A Bicentennial History. Emily has BS and MA degrees in psychology and history, respectively. She is senior copy editor in the Publications and Educational Services Division at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, and coeditor of The Hornbook of Virginia History. John has BA and MA degrees in American history. A former archivist at the Library of Virginia, he is retired from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, where he was staff historian and wrote The Official Virginia Civil War Battlefield Guide. Their knowledge of local history and literary skill have also yielded Historic Photos of Gettysburg, Historic Photos of Greater Hampton Roads, Historic Photos of Richmond, Historic Photos of the Siege of Petersburg, and Historic Photos of Virginia, all available from Turner Publishing.
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