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Funny But It's Not, What They Don't Teach Us In Schools

8 presidents owned slaves while still in office
Did you know that slaves helped build the White House and the US Capital
In fact, the legacy of American presidents owning slaves goes all the way back to George Washington.

Twelve American presidents owned slaves and eight of them, starting with Washington, owned slaves while in office. Almost from the very start, slaves were a common sight in the executive mansion. A list of construction workers building the White House in 1795 includes five slaves - named Tom, Peter, Ben, Harry and Daniel -- all put to work as carpenters. Other slaves worked as masons in the government quarries, cutting the stone for early government buildings, including the White House and U.S. Capitol. According to records kept by the White House Historical Association, slaves often worked seven days a week -- even in the hot and humid Washington summers.




Role of Slavery in the History of the White House


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SpiceZ SpiceZ 56-60, F 3 Responses Feb 18, 2013

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Your story reminds me of that great scholar of history, Sarah Palin, who proudly proclaimed on national tv her patriotic love for the founding fathers because they worked to abolish slavery. Remember that? What an ignorant tool she was.

lol..yes nothing but a head full of air and holes

Great story! The history books have watered down or, in most cases, downright eliminated the contributions of African Americans in the building of america, inventions and advances in medicine.

Eliminated them yes, & or even worse, deciding never to include them in the first place in some cases.
thx Skky

Thank you for posting this. It's amazing how many people have no idea.

Your welcome...I just added a 2nd video while you were typing this...though I am not black I still think this deserves a category and a group...I could not find one via EP's search feature, but those who see some of my other stories about the oppressed groups of unrecognized contributions of the native americans, the irish, the mexicans etc

I think it's wonderful. I've joined and will contribute as well.

Looking forward to your contributions!