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    Dr. Lusane is a columnist for the Black Voices syndicated news network. He has published in Washington Post, Miami Herald, Baltimore Sun, Oakland Tribune, Black Scholar, Race and Class, and many more. He often appears on PBS, BET, C-SPAN and other national media. Author of several books and former editor of Black Political Agenda, he teaches at Howard University.
    "In this beautifully rendered narrative, Clarence Lusane recasts the whole of American history by revealing how slavery and emancipation, racial violence and civil rights, the black freedom movement and white supremacy, and dozens of unsung black heroes shaped the U.S. presidency and federal government in profound ways."---Robin D. G. Kelley, author Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

    "Clarence Lusane offers a searing reminder of the tenacious personal and political effort the country's highest office has taken to uphold racial privilege in the United States. In the age of the Tea Party and the short memory of racism in America, The Black History of the White House is a must read."---David Theo Goldberg, author of The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism

    "In this fascinating history... Clarence Lusane restores the White House to its true colors."---Barbara Ehrenreich

    "In a very accessible and polished style, Clarence Lusane takes us inside the key national events of the American past and present. He reveals new dimensions of the black presence in the U.S. from revolutionary days to the Obama campaign. Highly recommended!"---Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Official Histories of the United States have almost universally ignored the fact that 25 percent of all U.S. presidents were slaveholders, and that black people were held in bondage in the White House itself. And while the nation was born under the banner of "freedom and justice for all," many colonists only risked rebelling against England in order to protect their lucrative slave business from the growing threat of British abolitionism. These historical facts, commonly excluded from schoolbooks and popular versions of American history, have profoundly shaped the course of race relations in the United States.

    In this unprecedented work, Clarence Lusane presents a comprehensive history of the White House from an African American perspective. Here are the stories of those who were forced to work on the construction of the mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the determined leaders who pressured U.S. presidents to outlaw slavery; White House slaves, servants and Secret Service agents; black artists and intellectuals invited to the White House; Washington insiders who rose to the highest levels of power; community leaders who waged presidential compaigns, and many others. Juxtaposing significant events in White House history with the ongoing struggle for civil rights, Clarence Lusane makes plain that the White House has always been a prism through which to view the social struggles and progress of black Americans.

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    ISBN 9780872865327
    Genre HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
    Format Paperback
    Pages 575
    Publisher Date 2011-01-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher City Lights Books
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 1.35 lb
    Language English
    Series Name Open Media Series
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Lusane, Clarence
    Country of Origin United States

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