Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House

Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House

by Kenneth T. Walsh

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Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House by Kenneth T. Walsh

Barack Obama is the first African American President, but the history of African Americans in the White House long predates him. The building was built by slaves, and African Americans have worked in it ever since, from servants to advisors. In charting the history of African Americans in the White House, Kenneth T. Walsh illuminates the trajectory of racial progress in the US. He looks at Abraham Lincoln and his black seamstress and valet, debates between President Johnson and Martin Luther King over civil rights, and the role of black staff members under Nixon and Reagan. Family of Freedom gives a unique view of US history as seen through the experiences of African Americans in the White House.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594518348
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kenneth T. Walsh is the chief White House correspondent for U.S. News and World Report. He is the author of the daily blog “Ken Walsh’s Washington” for usnews.com, and “The Presidency,” a weekly column for the U.S. News Weekly. He has covered the presidency since 1986 and is one of the longest-serving White House correspondents in history. Walsh is the former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and has served as an adjunct professor of communication at American University in Washington, DC. He is the author of six other books, including two others published by Paradigm, Prisoners of the White House and Family of Freedom.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Michael Hahn
Chapter One: The Family of Freedom and the Arc of Racial History
Chapter Two: The Slave-Owning Presidents
Chapter Three: The Emancipator
Chapter Four: Opportunity Lost
Chapter Five: Jim Crow
Chapter Six: Stirrings of Change
Chapter Seven: A Few Shining Moments
Chapter Eight: Camelot in Black and White
Chapter Nine: The Breakthrough
Chapter Ten: Mixed Results in a Conservative Era
Chapter Eleven: Three Southern Presidents
Chapter Twelve: The First Black President
Chapter Thirteen: Charisma and Reality
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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