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

Author: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Chronicles the life of a former slave to James and Dolley Madison, tracing his early years on their plantation, his service in the White House household staff and post-emancipation achievements as a memoirist.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Paul Jennings; James Madison; Dolley Madison; Paul Jennings; James Madison; Dolley Madison
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
ISBN: 9780230108936 0230108938
OCLC Number: 728656746
Description: xxiii, 304 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Foreword / by Annette Gordon-Reed --
Author's note --
"Raised and nurtured" --
Presidential household --
"Enamoured with freedom" --
"Not even Paul" --
"Change of mind" --
"His own free hands" --
First families of color --
Epilogue. The right to rise --
Appendix A. A colored man's reminiscences of James Madison / by Paul Jennings --
Appendix B. Jennings family genealogy.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor with foreword by Annette Gordon-Reed.

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