Black People : Michelle Obama Keeps It Real: 'I Wake Up In a House Built By Slaves'

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Michelle Obama Keeps It Real: 'I Wake Up In a House Built By Slaves'


The U.S. is a diverse nation of immigrants, and first lady Michelle Obama won't let you forget. It's also a nation whose earliest monuments and institutional buildings were built with the help of African-American slaves.

Obama delivered a message to that effect at the 170th commencement of the City College of New York in the historically black Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan on Friday. The speech marked the final commencement address as first lady for Obama, who is the first black woman to symbolically serve in the position ...



https://www.yahoo.com/news/michelle-obama-champions-nations-diversity-213400150.html

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Did slaves build the White House?


... The D.C. commissioners, charged by Congress with building the new city under the direction of the president, initially planned to import workers from Europe to meet their labor needs. However, response to recruitment was dismal and soon they turned to African American—enslaved and free—to provide the bulk of labor that built the White House, the United States Capitol, and other early government buildings.

Stonemason Collen Williamson trained enslaved people on the spot at the government's quarry at Aquia, Virginia. Enslaved people quarried and cut the rough stone that was later dressed and laid by Scottish masons to erect the walls of the President's House. The slaves joined a work force that included local white laborers and artisans from Maryland and Virginia, as well as immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and other European nations ...


https://www.whitehousehistory.org/questions/did-slaves-build-the-white-house


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A slave coffle passing the Capitol grounds, 1815, published in A Popular History of the United States, 1876


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