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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor Narrator: Judith West, Kevin Kenerly Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alisa | 2/16/2014

    " Well-researched but not captivating. Necessary read yo understand a bit on how some families failed and thrived in antebellum DC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janet Dahl | 2/13/2014

    " Found this book to be very interesting but I love books about this time period. Learned some intesting facts about the Madison's and was impressed how Paul Jenning's was able to succeed and to take care of his family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/13/2014

    " Very interesting -a good insight into race relations in Wash DC in the early 1800s. Writing is a bit laborious with footnotes, but it is a fascinating look at the history during Madiso's presidency. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Gail | 2/3/2014

    " I did not finish the book because it started to bore me. After 91 pages, I was tired of the mass jumble of names and the plodding style of the writing. "

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