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A Slave in the White House

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In this interview produced by the Library of Congress Webcasts, historian Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses her book A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. The book itself utilizes correspondence, legal documents and journal entries rarely seen before to reconstruct the life of James and Dolley Madison's slave, Paul Jennings. Though born a slave, Jennings eventually gained his freedom and went on to make a number of memorable accomplishments—including the composition of the very first White House memoir.