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A Slave in the White House - Paul Jennings and the Madisons

Elizabeth Dowling Taylor

Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, write the first White House memoir, and see his sons fight with the Union Army in the Civil War. Based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, this amazing portrait reveals the mores and attitudes toward slavery in the nineteenth century, and sheds new light on famous characters such as James Madison, French General Lafayette, Dolley Madison, and many other long-forgotten slaves, abolitionists, and civil rights activists.

Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, write the first White House memoir, and see his sons fight with the Union Army in the Civil War. Based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, this amazing portrait reveals the mores and attitudes toward slavery in the nineteenth century, and sheds new light on famous characters such as James Madison, French General Lafayette, Dolley Madison, and many other long-forgotten slaves, abolitionists, and civil rights activists.
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History

Description:

Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, write the first White House memoir, and see his sons fight with the Union Army in the Civil War. Based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, this amazing portrait reveals the mores and attitudes toward slavery in the nineteenth century, and sheds new light on famous characters such as James Madison, French General Lafayette, Dolley Madison, and many other long-forgotten slaves, abolitionists, and civil rights activists.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Annette Gordon-Reed, Judith West, Kevin Kenerly

Length:

10h 44m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

08:54


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

41:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

39:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

42:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

41:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:05:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:00:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:10:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:08:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:16:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

40:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

40:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:31