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

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Routledge, Oct 23, 2015 - Political Science - 288 pages
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.

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Chapter Two The SlaveOwning 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
Chapter Eleven Three Southern Presidents
Chapter Twelve The First Black President
Chapter Thirteen Charisma and Reality

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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, 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".

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