Written by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Did you know that slaves helped build the original White House? This book, along with the commentary at the end of the book, chronicle what it was like for these men and children who labored to construct the president’s home, brick by brick. With the same hands that built the exterior, the slaves learned new skills, like cabinetry, as they finished the inside. Using these newly acquired skills, many of the slaves were eventually able to purchase their freedom. Read more >>