Jesse Holland with THE INVISIBLES

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 6:00pm

About the Author

Jesse J. Holland is the author of Black Men Built the Capitol and a longtime Washington correspondent for the Associated Press, the world's largest news organization. A regular guest on CNN, NBC, Fox News, and PBS, he speaks frequently on African American and Washington political topics. He lives in Maryland.


THE INVISIBLES: Slavery Inside The White House and How It Helped Shape America is the first book to tell the story of the executive mansion's most unexpected residents, the African American slaves who lived with the U.S. presidents who owned them. Interest in African Americans and the White House are at an all-time high due to the historic presidency of Barack Obama, and the soon-to-be-opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History. The Invisibles chronicles the African American presence inside the White House from its beginnings in 1782 until 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that granted slaves their freedom. During these years, slaves were the only African Americans to whom the most powerful men in the United States were exposed on a daily, and familiar, basis. By reading about these often-intimate relationships, readers will better understand some of the views that various presidents held about class and race in American society, and how these slaves contributed not only to the life and comforts of the presidents they served, but to America as a whole.

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The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House By Jesse Holland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781493008469
Published: Lyons Press - January 1st, 2016