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By Elizabeth Dowling Taylor

Paul Jennings used to be born into slavery at the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later turning into a part of the Madison loved ones employees on the White apartment. as soon as ultimately emancipated through Senator Daniel Webster later in lifestyles, he might supply an elderly and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former proprietor, funds from his personal pocket, write the 1st White condominium memoir, and spot his sons struggle with the Union military within the Civil warfare. He died a unfastened guy in northwest Washington at seventy five. in line with correspondence, felony files, and magazine entries infrequently obvious ahead of, this awesome portrait of the days unearths the mores and attitudes towards slavery of the 19th century, and sheds new gentle on well-known characters reminiscent of James Madison, who believed the white and black populations couldn't coexist as equals; French common Lafayette who was once appalled via this concept; Dolley Madison, who ruthlessly bought Paul after her husband's loss of life; and plenty of different because forgotten slaves, abolitionists, and civil correct activists.

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