Want to Know More About Who Built Our Capital? Check Out Sankofa For Additional Reading
During the Democratic National Convention, there was a lot of commentary on Michele Obama’s speech in which she said ““I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn…”
It’s a history that was largely unknown to many in the country, and one in which I’m sure people would like to know more. If you are one of those people, I noticed that Sankofa has among the many books it carries on African American history here in D.C. the book Slave Labor in the Capital by Bob Arnebeck. The book describes the use of slave labor to build the Capitol and White House during the most difficult phase of construction from 1792 to 1800.
The book is an easy read, about 150 pages, and priced at $20. I’m about a third the way through it already and don’t regret picking it up in the least.Explore posts in the same categories: History, Small Businesses comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.