Allison Kilkenny: Unreported

(VIDEO) How Slaves Built the Capitol and the White House

Posted in Barack Obama, politics by allisonkilkenny on January 21, 2009

Note from Allison: this is fascinating stuff. Click the image of the Capitol to purchase Holland’s wonderful book. 

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hollandbkYesterday, the first African American president in US history, Barack Obama, and wife Michelle and two daughters, Malia and Sasha, will be taking up residence in the White House, a house built by slaves. The Capitol, too, was built by slaves, as was the Supreme Court. Last night, I spoke with Associated Press reporter Jesse Holland. He is author of Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, D.C.