After lecturing you about history yesterday, I have an excellent book to recommend from which I learned a great deal. It's The Black History of the White House by Clarence Lusane. It's one of the books I bought at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco and it was published by City Lights.
I knew that some of our earliest presidents owned slaves. I did not know how many of them owned slaves. I did not know that some of those presidents took slaves to The White House with them.
Now I know because Dr. Lusane told me.
Lusane traces the history of black people in The White House from slave labor used to build the place to the Obama family moving in. I was particularly interested in stories of slaves who escaped from The White House and information about black leaders who ran for president before Barak Obama. I had nearly forgotten Shirley Chisholm.
One strange thing about this book is that it was poorly edited/proofread. I don't have any disagreements with the facts Lusane presents, but the book has an unusually large number of what we used to call typos. After one sentence, I even found the word "Cite" that someone obviously put in as a reminder that a citation needed to be added. It wasn't.
But I really liked the book.
Infinities of love,
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