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Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, D.C. By Jesse J. Holland,

  • Title: Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, D.C.
  • Author: Jesse J. Holland
  • ISBN: 9780762745364
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first book of its kind, with comprehensive up to date details Historic sites along the Mall, such as the U.S Capitol building, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, are explored from an entirely new perspective in this book, with never before told stories and statistics about the role of blacks in their creation This is an iconoclastic guide to Washington, D.CThe first book of its kind, with comprehensive up to date details Historic sites along the Mall, such as the U.S Capitol building, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, are explored from an entirely new perspective in this book, with never before told stories and statistics about the role of blacks in their creation This is an iconoclastic guide to Washington, D.C in that it shines a light on the African Americans who have not traditionally been properly credited for actually building important landmarks in the city New research by a top Washington journalist brings this information together in a powerful retelling of an important part of our country s history.In addition the book includes sections devoted to specific monuments such as the African American Civil War Memorial, the real Uncle Tom s cabin, the Benjamin Banneker Overlook and Frederick Douglass Museum, the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans, and other existing statues, memorials and monuments It also details the many other places being planned right now to house, for the first time, rich collections of black American history that have not previously been accessible to the public, such as the soon to open Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Martin Luther King, Jr National Monument, as well as others opening over the next decade This book will be a source of pride for African Americans who live in or come from the D.C Maryland, and Virginia area as well as for the 18 million annual African American visitors to our nation s capital Jesse J Holland is a political journalist who lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C He is theCongressional legal affairs correspondent for the Associated Press, and his stories frequently appear in the New York Times and other major papers In 2004, Holland became the first African American elected to Congressional Standing Committee of Correspondents, which represents the entire press corps before the Senate and the House of Representatives A graduate of the University of Mississippi, he is a frequent lecturer at universities and media talk shows across the country.
    Black Men Built the Capitol Discovering African American History In and Around Washington D C The first book of its kind with comprehensive up to date details Historic sites along the Mall such as the U S Capitol building the White House and the Lincoln Memorial are explored from an entire

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    1. Black Men Built the Capitol Discovering African American History In and Around Washington by Jesse J Holland Black Men Built the Capitol is a wonderful history guide of the Nation s Capital and regional landmarks with a focus on African American achievements Journalist, consultant and author, Jesse J Holland provides the public with never before told stories about the important roles blacks played in building many of the historic landmarks along the Mall and the metropolitan region in general Th [...]

    2. I enjoyed this book, with its breezy tourist guide tone, but was disappointed at how dated the book is it was on our library s new book shelf but I see it was actually published in 2007, and it shows One good example is the discussion in the book about building Healy Hall led by Healy, who was partially African American without any of the recent disclosure that slaves were sold to maintain the University and a great story that is, too Still a good read and especially helpful to enhance the exper [...]

    3. Since Jesse is a well known reporter with the AP, I figured this would be well research and detailed just as if it were written as a news story But while this book is useful and interesting in many ways, there is not a lot of original research in it.Instead, it is intended as a helpful guide to point out not only how African Americans were instrumental in building the US Capitol but also the role they played in other slices of the District of Columbia s long history.For example, there are secti [...]

    4. start boy, did white people leave stuff out of the history books end this makes me want to take a trip to DC with my kiddo and show her all the sacrifices that her ancestors made that got her rights where they are now, and that DWB Driving While Black isn t half the frustration that her forebearer went through I alos, of all the new info i got, learned to fully appreciate Benjamin Banneker s genius He built a clock that struck the accurate time hourly for fifty years, after taking apart and reb [...]

    5. An excellent work by Jesse J Holland that will educate, impress and honor those African Americans whose sweat and hard work as slaves built our Nation s Capitol This is a must read because most American s have no idea the importance Afro American s played in the building of one of this planets most historical site There were free slaves and slaves, American s is a better tribute, that worked the Capitol that signifies that All Men are created equal and never forget it

    6. This is written by my good friend Carol s husband Jesse I really liked this book I found it to be incredibly informative and really well organized If you wanted to take it on a walking tour of the DC area, you would definitely benefit from the extra information there s a lot in there that you don t learn anywhere else.

    7. There were areas of D.C and Balti that I would have included which the author did not, but this is a very good travel guide book.

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