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A Slave in the White House by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
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Dec 19, 2011

it was amazing
Recommended for: Students of USistory
Read from January 02 to 10, 2012

I teach US History and I am always looking for books that would interest my 8th graders. I used parts of this book while we were studying the War of 1812, to get the perspective of how someone else saw James Madison. My students were able to have another point of view coming from a slave in the White House. I enjoyed following the life of Paul Jennings with Madison, Daniel Webster and life after these two famous individuals of our past. I can only sum this up by using the author Elizabeth Dowling Taylor's own words, "One learns that Paul Jennings was touched by history. Jennings's own story shows bow he touched history. He did not grab it by the shirt front as James Madison did, yet - in the face of relentless legal, social, and psychological impediments - it took as much strength, application, and courage just to touch it." I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about our past. This book will take you on a ride from the War of 1812, through the Civil War, and beyond.
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