The Hidden History of Washington, DC: A Guide For Black Folks
Talk show host Bill O'Reilly said that slaves who built the White House "were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government."
Besides providing his solution for American homelessness and hunger-slavery-O'Reilly has now forced white people to face the hidden truth about the slave trade in the nation's capital.
Africans have always been in and around the District of Columbia for many generations. It was just a few miles down the Potomac that the first "20 negars" came into bondage in Jamestown after the extermination of the rightful landlords, the Algonkins, the Susquehannocks, the Senecas, and the Piscataways.
The very area where Barack Obama took the oath of office in 2009 is the location of the tent city that housed the Black builders of the U.S. Capitol. And at least 400 of the 600 carpenters, masons, artisans, and skilled laborers-more than two thirds-were enslaved Black Africans. The building of Washington required the importation of so many highly skilled Black craftsmen that the District became known as "the Congo of America."
Read about the DC slave laws, White House slavery, and the African slaves who built the Capitol. This book reveals the real story of Pocahontas and the Black history behind such famous tourist attractions as the Washington Monument and the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials.
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