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A slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons

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Palgrave Macmillan,
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1st ed.
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.
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subject_facet Abolitionists -- United States -- Biography
African American abolitionists -- Biography
Jennings, Paul, -- b. 1799
Madison, Dolley, -- 1768-1849 -- Relations with African Americans
Madison, James, -- 1751-1836 -- Relations with African Americans
Slaves -- Virginia -- Biography
Slaves -- Washington (D.C.) -- Biography
White House (Washington, D.C.) -- History -- 19th century
title_display A slave in the White House : Paul Jennings and the Madisons
title_full A slave in the White House : Paul Jennings and the Madisons / Elizabeth Dowling Taylor ; with foreword by Annette Gordon-Reed ; and a Colored man's reminiscences of James Madison by Paul Jennings
title_short A slave in the White House :
title_sub Paul Jennings and the Madisons
topic_facet Abolitionists
African American abolitionists
Jennings, Paul
Madison, Dolley
Madison, James
Relations with African Americans