Review of White, Jonathan W., A House Built By Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House

Date

2022-04

Authors

Zander, Cecily N.

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Publisher

The Civil War Monitor

Abstract

For many years, historians have debated the answer to the question, “who freed the slaves?” One camp, headed by James M. McPherson, argued for the centrality of President Abraham Lincoln in the process of slavery’s abolition; another, led by Ira Berlin, insisted that the actions of enslaved peoples and their abolitionist allies forced Lincoln to act. In A House Built By Slaves, historian Jonathan W. White deftly shows that both Berlin and McPherson were correct in their assertions. By examining the day-to-day life of Lincoln’s White House, White offers a narrative of Black Americans pushing the president toward emancipation and Lincoln listening to their arguments as he steered the ship of state through the turmoil of the Civil War. This is a book that underscores the degree to which ensuring freedom for nearly four million people held in bondage was not the work of one faction or one man, but the work of many hands.

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Article originally published by The Civil War Monitor. English. Published April 2022. https://www.civilwarmonitor.com/white-a-house-built-by-slaves-2022/. Permission to deposit this file has been obtained directly from the publisher. Please read the faculty member's entry in the Project INDEX Master Sheet for more information about the publisher communications.

Keywords

Civil War history, Abraham Lincoln, Slavery in America, Emancipation

Citation

This is the published version of an article that is available at https://www.civilwarmonitor.com/white-a-house-built-by-slaves-2022/. Recommended citation: Zander, C. (2022, April). Review of White, Jonathan W., A House Built By Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House. The Civil War Monitor. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.

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