Brick by Brick (Hardcover)

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By Charles R. Smith, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
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Though slaves worked long hard hours building the White House, their wages went to their owners.


— From History


The compelling true story behind the building of the White House, a powerful part of history rarely taught. From Coretta Scott King Award winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper.

The home of the United States president was built by many hands, including those of slaves, who undertook this amazing achievement long before there were machines to do those same jobs.

Stirring and emotional, Floyd Cooper's stunning illustrations bring to life the faces of those who endured hard, brutal work when the profit of their labor was paid to the master, not the slave. The fact that many were able to purchase their freedom after earning money from learning a trade speaks to the strength of those individuals. They created this iconic emblem of America, brick by brick.

Includes an insightful author's note and a list of selected resources.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061920820
ISBN-10: 0061920827
Publisher: Amistad
Publication Date: December 26th, 2012
Pages: 32
Language: English

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