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The Black History of the White House
by Clarence Lusane

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    Format: Paperback
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Page Count: 544
    ISBN13: 9780872865327
    Imprint: City Lights Publishers
    Publisher: City Lights Publishers
    Parent Company: City Lights Publishers

    Book Description:

    The Black History of the White House presents the untold history, racial politics, and shifting significance of the White House as experienced by African Americans, from the generations of enslaved people who helped to build it or were forced to work there to its first black First Family, the Obamas.

    Clarence Lusane juxtaposes significant events in White House history with the ongoing struggle for democratic, civil, and human rights by black Americans and demonstrates that only during crises have presidents used their authority to advance racial justice. He describes how in 1901 the building was officially named the “White House” amidst a furious backlash against President Roosevelt for inviting Booker T. Washington to dinner, and how that same year that saw the consolidation of white power with the departure of the last black Congressmember elected after the Civil War. Lusane explores how, from its construction in 1792 to its becoming the home of the first black president, the White House has been a prism through which to view the progress and struggles of black Americans seeking full citizenship and justice.

    “Clarence Lusane is one of America’s most thoughtful and critical thinkers on issues of race, class, and power.”—Manning Marable




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